Tong ruling looms over Fast Beat case

Local | Wallis Wang 27 Jul 2021

Three academics who testified in the SAR's first national security case about the protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of the times" will join a second legal battle with the fate of People Power's "Fast Beat" Tam Tak-chi hanging in the balance.

The prosecution yesterday told national security judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi in the district court that Lingnan University history professor Lau Chi-pang will be testifying as an expert witness.

For its part, the defense said the University of Hong Kong's politics and public administration professor Eliza Lee Wing-yee and Chinese University's journalism professor Francis Lee Lap-fung are testifying.

All three testified in the first case involving Tong Ying-kit, who will hear the verdict result in the high court today.

People Power vice-chairman Tam, 48, is facing 14 charges, including seven of uttering seditious words and other counts, such as inciting others to take part in an unauthorized assembly, and disorderly conduct.

Chan adjourned the case to Thursday so that the trial could start after Tong's court ruling because the slogan's interpretation is central to both cases.

He also asked the prosecution and defense to help clarify if the district court should follow the high court's decision on accepting the expert testimonies and judgment.

Deputy director of public prosecutions Anthony Chau Tin-hang said his side's opening statements would be adjusted based on the Tong ruling.

For Tam, senior counsel Edwin Choy Wai-Bond said HKU English professor Janny Leung Hiu-chi will also testify. But Leung cannot testify until Monday as she has just returned from Toronto and needs to quarantine.

Some people in the public gallery waved to Tam when he entered the courtroom yesterday before Chan stopped them and issued a verbal warning.


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