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Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021

Fifteen of 47 pro-democrats granted bail on fourth day hearing

Fifteen of the total 47 defendants charged under the national security law were granted bail in a West Kowloon court, however their hopes of getting home were immediately dashed after the Department of Justice decided to appeal against the decision to grant bail.
Chief Magistrate Victor So Wai-tak at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court, who is one of the designated magistrates presiding over national security cases, said as the prosecution appeal against their bail applications, the court must remand relevant persons under custody for the next 48 hours before the case is brought before the registrar of the High Court.

So also decided to adjourn the case until May 31 this year pending police investigation, as it marks the end of a four-day marathon legal battle over the bail applications of the 47 that lasted for 41 hours.

The 15 that were granted bail include district councilors Cheng Tat-hung, 32, Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying, 34, Michael Pang Cheuk-kei, 26, Kalvin Ho Kai-ming, 32, Lawrence Lau Wai-chung, 53, Sze Tak-loy, 38, Sam Cheung Ho-sum, 27, Ng Kin-wai, 25, Ricky Or Yiu-lam, 49 and Lee Yue-shun, 27.

Former lawmakers Helena Wong Pik-wan, 61, Jeremy Tam Man-ho, 45 and Kwok Ka-ki, 59, as well as activist Hendrick Lui Chi-hang, 38 and Mike Lam King-nam, 32, were also granted bail.

They were granted bail for HK$30,000 to HK$100,000, while So also listed out conditions of their bail including not to make or relay speeches or take part in behaviors that could be considered endangering national security.

They would also not be allowed to leave home from 12am to 7am every day, or leave Hong Kong, while their bail conditions also banned them from taking part in any elections, or contact any foreign officials or members of the legislature and would have to report to the police three to four times a week.

The 47 politicians and activists were charged with subversion under the national security law for organizing or participating in the pro-democracy camp’s primary elections last July.
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