Foreign embassy personnel denied attendance over "HK 12” mainland court caseLocal | 28 Dec 2020 3:25 pm
Foreign governments have sent their embassy personnel in a bid to attend a Shenzhen hearing of 12 Hongkongers for allegedly crossing the border illegally and organizing the crossing, but to no avail.
Those countries who sent their embassy staff include the United States, the UK, Canada, Portugal, Australia and the Netherlands.
According to reports, the embassy staff were still liaising with the Shenzhen court over their sit-in of the hearing after its start at 2.30pm, barred from entering the court.
Family members of the 12 Hongkongers earlier issued an open letter to foreign governments, appealed for help in safeguarding the legal rights of the 12.
Some among the 12 are British, Portuguese and Vietnamese nationals, they wrote, saying embassy staff attending the hearing could guarantee a proper and fair trial.
Ten of the so-called "Hong Kong 12" are due in court today at 2.30pm in Shenzhen Yantian People's Court facing charges linked to an illegal border crossing.
While the other two minors will face non-public hearings.
Chinese authorities took them into custody after their boat was intercepted on August 23.