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Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 19:36

Former radical lawmaker convicted for common assault

By Dara Wang
Former radical lawmaker convicted for common assault
Raymond Wong Yuk-man (center ) arrives to court where he is appearing on assault charges against Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong on April 22, 2016. (Issac Lawrence/ AFP)

HONG KONG - Former lawmaker Raymond Wong Yuk-man was found guilty of common assault on Wednesday for throwing a glass at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a Legislative Council meeting two years ago.

Wong's conduct in hurling the glass was “reckless, uncivil and dangerous”

Chu Chung-keung, Magistrate

Magistrate Chu Chung-keung said Wong's conduct in hurling the glass was “reckless, uncivil and dangerous” and put the CE in fear of immediate unlawful personal violence at the scene.

The former radical legislator earlier argued that he just wanted to splash the water onto Leung but the glass slipped out of his hand.

Chu rejected Wong's arguments and ruled that Wong had deliberately targeted Leung in an offensive action with the glass.

"Wong should recognize that hurling glass is wrong and impertinent,” the magistrate declared.

The Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance embodies the legislators’ freedom of speech and debate. However, it does not grant immunity from prosecution against unlawful acts, the magistrate said.

The incident happened during a question-and-answer session in LegCo on July 3, 2014. The prosecution of Wong saw the city’s first testimony by a serving CE.

Surveillance footage provided by LegCo showed that Wong held the glass high and stretched his arm back, aiming toward Leung’s position, before throwing the glass in full control of the hand he used, the magistrate said.

The magistrate also stressed that the court had not applied any special treatment regarding the CE's testimony.

Wong will be sentenced next Tuesday. He faces a maximum of one year’s imprisonment under the Offences Against the Person Ordinance.

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