Teenager returned by China brought to court over protest-related charges

Local | 13 Jan 2021 5:37 pm

One of the 12 Hongkongers previously being detained in Shenzhen for allegedly crossing the border illegally has been brought to court the first time since his arrest in August.

Hoang Lam-phuc, 17, appeared before the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today after he completed his 14-day quarantine as he was being brought back to the city from Shenzhen last month.

He was charged with arson and possession of dangerous weapons for allegedly throwing a petrol bomb at Mong Kok police station during an anti-government protest in 2019. Police later found three other petrol bombs at his home.

Magistrate Ada Yim Shun-yee adjourned the case to February 26 for the prosecution to seek legal advice on possibly laying more charges against him.

Prosecutors said they may charge him with absconding and conspiring to assist other criminals. He will remain in custody while awaiting his trial.

Hoang is one of the two minors among the 12 Shenzhen detainees who returned to Hong Kong on December 30 after the Chinese court decided not to press charges on them.

The other 10 were sentenced to between seven months and three years in jail for illegally crossing the border.

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