Hong Kong Dep't of Justice appeals after 8 acquitted of rioting during 2019 Wan Chai protest

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed it has appealed against the acquittal of seven people accused of rioting during a pro-demo...


The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed it has appealed against the acquittal of seven people accused of rioting during a pro-democracy protest in Wan Chai last year.

The department said Monday it would also appeal against the court’s decision to withdraw charges against an eighth defendant — social worker Jackie Chen — who was arrested with the seven last August. Chen’s charges were dropped in September due to a lack of prima facie evidence.

Photo: May James/HKFP.

District Judge Sham Siu-man found the other seven not guilty in late October, citing the prosecution’s failure to produce evidence of what they had been doing before their arrest.

Rhoda Kwan is HKFP’s Assistant Editor. She has previously written for TimeOut Hong Kong and worked at Meanjin, a literary journal. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Law and Literature from the University of Hong Kong.

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