Trial against construction worker accused of calling netizens to besiege San Uk Ling begins

Local | 27 Jul 2020 5:57 pm

A trial against construction worker using “Kim Jong-un” as his internet alias for allegedly calling netizens to besiege a detention center as female protesters were being gang raped inside it begins today.

Poon Yung-wai, 37, appeared in West Kowloon Magistrates' Court after pleading not guilty to inciting people to join an unlawful assembly. The alternative charge is inciting others to join an unauthorized assembly.

Prosecution said Poon sent four posts in a public Facebook group last September, accusing police officers - local ones and those from the mainland - and triad members in rural Hong Kong, of gang raping female protesters in San Uk Ling Holding Centre.

He also allegedly claimed that the police tortured those detained to death, while urging people to surround the site to “rescue the martyrs”.

Prosecutors read the posts in the court, saying: “The black cops injected tranquilizer for female protesters and raped them. Many victims killed themselves afterwards, and officers would take their bodies to other places and throw them from above.”

Another post said: “It is said that some male protesters were forced to watch female ones being raped, before the men were hit to death.”

“The most important thing is to rescue the martyrs. There’s nothing more we can do after they die.”

A policeman whose name was pronounced as Wong Ming-ho testified in the court, saying that Poon’s posts could be seen by anyone not a Facebook friend of the account “Kim Jong-un”, and the public group has over 52,000 members.

According to Wong, Poon made further accusations against the police when replying to comments under his posts, such as “no wonder [cops] would act like animals when seeing young female protesters naked”.

The defendant allegedly said in another reply: “The center is close to Shenzhen, it’s easy for mainland and Hong Kong police to cooperate when handling disobedient people.”

Poon was initially arrested last October at his flat in Kwai Chung. On the next day, he appeared in court after being charged, and was granted a HK$1,000 cash bail. The case continues.

Meanwhile, a court hearing saw a rare episode of prosecution taking the heat, as Magistrate Peony Wong Nga-yan reprehended a female junior prosecutor for not wearing the mask properly.

After the prosecutor pulled down the mask to rub her nose, Wong said: “This is against the law, and you should know it as [an employee of] Department of Justice. There’s no exemption here. You could be charged!”

She was referring to the new disease control regulation that citizens are required to wear masks in all the indoor public places, effective from July 23 to August 5. The prosecutor’s superior then apologized to Wong.

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