Lawmakers charged with obstruction

Local | Phoenix Un 11 Dec 2018

Democrat legislators Andrew Wan Siu-kin and Lam Cheuk-ting were charged yesterday with obstructing a Legislative Council officer from executing his duty.

Wan faced another count of common assault against a security guard. The duo will appear today at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts.

They were charged after they reported to police headquarters in Wan Chai yesterday. They were informed last Friday that they would be charged with obstructing security guards who ordered their removal from the chamber during an anti-co-location protest.

The protest occurred on June 13 at the Legco chamber, when the council meeting was about to vote on the second reading of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Bill. Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai and dozens of people gathered outside the entrance of police headquarters in support of the pair.

Wan said it was the first time the government had charged legislators for obstructing Legco officers from executing their duties under the Powers and Privileges Ordinance, and warned the move might lead to severe consequences.

Wan recalled that many pan-democrats, including Lam, raised points of order as they disagreed with Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen's bid for the swift approval of the bill.

Leung asked Lam to leave the chamber, and Wan went to Lam to protect him against the guards, Wan recalled. He claimed getting manhandled by the guards even after telling them that he was not expelled by the president.

"I stress that I have not assaulted anyone," Wan said. "I was the one who was roughed up but I ended up a defendant. I am perplexed by this."

Lam described as ridiculous the charges laid against him and Wan since they did not commit any violent acts. Aside from Lam and Wan, party colleagues Ted Hui Chi-fung and Roy Kwong Chun-yu, as well as Au Nok-hin of the Council Front, were also expelled from the chamber.

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