The following 3 cases were mentioned at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on December 30.
These 3 cases are only the tip of an iceberg, indicating that the situation of arbitrary arrest and abusive prosecution is very serious in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong police have arrested over 7,000 citizens since June, many of which were purportedly based on their subjective judgment.
The 3 arrests were made on the same date, November 2, 2019, all for “possessing a tool suitable for illegal use or intending to use it illegally”.
That day, pro-democracy district council election candidates lawfully gathered at Victoria Park but were met with police violent crackdown. The following three citizens were arrested separately in the same or neighboring districts:
- A 25-year-old man was found possessing a hexagon key and a spanner in Wanchai. The prosecution withdrew the charge, as it failed to find out the purpose for the defendant to possess the two items. The defendant was released immediately but no application for costs has been filed.
- A 16-year-old student was arrested for the possession of a can of naphtha, a spray paint and a black umbrella in Wan Chai. The prosecution stated in court that the inspection of some of the exhibits had been completed, confirming the presence of light naphtha in one of the cans collected by the police. The persecution applied for an adjournment for further investigation to be done.
- The prosecution alleged that the a 19-year-old man had placed a traffic cone in Causeway Bay, and proposed amending the charge to causing obstruction in public places.