Hong Kong Law & Crime

Footage showing beating of Occupy activist Ken Tsang accepted by court as evidence

The District Court has accepted all video footage, CCTV footage and photographs submitted as evidence in the case against seven police officers accused of assaulting Civic Party activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protest.

Judge David Dufton had ruled on Tuesday that the video footage submitted by the prosecution was genuine and relevant to the case. The defence counsels previously challenged the authenticity of footage on the grounds that prosecutor could not prove whether or not they had been tampered with

Tsang was filmed allegedly being kicked and punched by seven police officers near government headquarters in Tamar, Admiralty in October 2014 during the Umbrella Movement demonstrations.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions David Leung Cheuk-yin previously said the news footage came from TVB, ATV, Now TV and Apple Daily. Among them, the ATV and Now TV footage showed how Tsang had been arrested, while the TVB clip showed Tsang being escorted by the police and allegedly assaulted.

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Ken Tsang at court. Photo: Stand News.

The CCTV footage from Central Police Station showed an alleged second assault on Tsang by one of the accused who was charged with an extra count of common assault.

All seven officers were charged with wounding and striking with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The police officers all pleaded not guilty.

Footage showing beating of Occupy activist Ken Tsang accepted by court as evidence