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Friday, July 03, 2020, 20:04
Suspect charged with stabbing police officer during illegal protest
By Gang Wen
Friday, July 03, 2020, 20:04 By Gang Wen

A 24-year-old man appeared in court on Friday after he allegedly stabbed a police officer during Wednesday’s illegal protest in Causeway Bay.

The defendant, surnamed Wong, was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, an offense punishable by up life in prison.

He was refused bail at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts. The magistrate accepted the prosecution’s argument that the defendant was a flight risk as he was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The case was adjourned until Aug 24.

According to local media, Wong, who reportedly worked as a cook after being fired from his job as a civil engineer for taking part in strikes in February, was arrested on a Cathay Pacific flight to London just minutes before the flight took off.

During a media briefing before the court hearing, Chief Inspector Kai Tsz-lun of the Commercial Crime Bureau said the suspect stabbed an officer who was trying to subdue a protester during an unauthorized protest on Hong Kong Island on Wednesday afternoon.

The police officer, who was attacked by several protesters, including the defendant, suffered multiple injuries, including a stab wound on his left shoulder that resulted in bleeding, Kai said.

He did not say if the defendant will face further charges under the new national security law, which came into effect on Tuesday.

A total of 370 people were arrested during illegal protests on Wednesday, including six males and four females on suspicion of violating the newly enacted law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

gangwen@chinadaily.com.cn

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