District councilors fined HK$7,000 after protesting set up of Fire Eye Laboratory in HK

Local | 23 Apr 2021 3:26 pm

Four of the five Central and Western District councilors who were ticketed for violating the coronavirus ban on gatherings in Sai Ying Pun last year pleaded guilty at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today, with each being fined HK$7,000.

The five were at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Center in Sai Ying Pun last year protesting against the government commandeering the facility to set up a Fire Eye Laboratory for the city’s Universal Community Testing Program.

Chairwoman of Central and Western District Council Cheng Lai-king pleaded not guilty to the charges. She will be facing trial on August 30.

The four who pleaded guilty were district councilors Fergus Leung Fong-wai, Yip Kam-lung, Jordan Pang Ka-ho, and Napo Wong Weng-Chi.

The Fire Eye lab developed by BGI, is a laboratory consisting of 16 air-inflated film chambers to handle nucleic acid testing.

The lab is set up at the request of the HKSAR government, with the central government set up a nucleic acid testing team to help Hong Kong enhances its testing capacity, raising the capacity from 300,000 to 500,000 per day. 

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