Hong Kong Law & Crime Politics & Protest

Trial for Mong Kok protesters Ray Wong and Edward Leung to begin in 2018

The trial for Ray Wong Toi-yeung and Edward Leung Tin-kei, both of localist group Hong Indigenous, is scheduled to begin on January 15, 2018. Eight others will also face trial. The pre-trial review will take place on August 7, 2017.

The trial is expected to take 80 days, and the prosecution is expected to call upon 115 witnesses.

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Ray Wong and Edward Leung. File Photo: Apple Daily.

The Mong Kok unrest broke out over the government’s clearance of street hawkers in the area during Lunar New Year. During the protest, a police officer fired two shots into the sky and dozens were arrested by the police in the aftermath.

See also: Localists charged with rioting during Mong Kok unrest to have cases heard in the High Court

Wong was charged with rioting, inciting rioting, and inciting unlawful assembly. Leung was charged with inciting rioting and two counts of rioting. The case will be heard by Judge Anthea Pang Po-kam in Cantonese.

Ray Wong speaking at the Mong Kok protest.

Ray Wong speaking at the Mong Kok protest. Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

The eight others facing trial are Yung Wai-yip, Lee Nok-man, Ken Lo Kin-man, Yuen Chi-kui, Vincent Lam Ngo-hin, Wong Ka-kui, Li Tung-sing, and Lam Lun-hing. They face charges such as unlawful assembly, rioting, and assault of police officers.

Trial for Mong Kok protesters Ray Wong and Edward Leung to begin in 2018