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Friday, July 22, 2016, 14:33

Billy Fung denies charges in HKU disruption

By Li Xiange
Billy Fung denies charges in HKU disruption

Billy Fung the former student union leader at Hong Kong University appears at Eastern Magistrates Court on 22 July 2016 and facing three charges including intimidation criminal damage and forcible entry for involvement in a violent protest at the university in January. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

HONG KONG - The former president of the student union at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Billy Fung Jing-en on Friday denied all the charges against him related to a violent protest at the university in January.

Fung is free on HK$10,000 bail on charges of criminal intimidation, criminal damage and attempted forcible entry in the incident that erupted during a meeting of the university’s governing body.

He is prohibited from commenting further, or from contacting prosecution witnesses before his case comes up for review in Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Sept 21.

The prosecution alleges that Fung made threats of physical violence to HKU's newly appointed council chairman, Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, with intent to cause alarm. The alleged incident took place on Jan 26, at the entrance to the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Building for Interdisciplinary Research.

Fung was also charged with disorderly conduct in a public place allegedly shouting, "Don't let him go! Don't let Arthur Li go!" with intent to provoke a breach of peace, the prosecution said.

Fung also is charged with damaging a glass door from while attempting to enter the building in a violent manner, in company with other unidentified persons.

The prosecution indicated it will present videos in evidence.

However the judge questioned the wording of the charge containing behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place. The judge pointed out the prosecution should go through the entire public order ordinance to find a charge better fitting Fung’s actions.

Fung was arrested on July 20 at his home at Tsuen Wan and freed on bail the next day.

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