Hong Kong court rejects admission of UK policing expert's report in protest-related case against 9 democrats

A Hong Kong court has refused to admit a report prepared by British policing expert Clifford Stott as evidence in a trial against nine hi...


A Hong Kong court has refused to admit a report prepared by British policing expert Clifford Stott as evidence in a trial against nine high-profile democrats who took part in a peaceful demonstration in August 2019.

At the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, District Judge Amanda Woodcock dismissed the defence’s application to present a report by the Keele University professor. He was among five foreign experts who sat on the Independent Police Complaints Council’s investigation into the protests before the panel resigned from their advisory roles in December 2019.

Clifford Stott. Photo: HKFP interview screenshot.

The court also rejected the defence’s application to summon the social psychology scholar to testify in court via videoconferencing.

The case involves nine pro-democracy figures, including media mogul Jimmy Lai, the city’s “father of democracy” Martin Lee, veteran activist Lee Cheuk-yan, ex-Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho, barrister Margaret Ng, activist “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, along with former lawmakers Leung Yiu-chung, Au Nok-hin and Cyd Ho.

They face allegations of organising and knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly on August 18, 2019, which saw thousands of demonstrators congregating in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. They later marched to Chater Road in Central to oppose what they saw as police abuse of power during the months-long anti-extradition bill protests.

Some of the democrats prosecuted over the mass demonstration on August 18, 2019. Photo: Stand News.

According to Senior Counsel Lawrence Lok, representing Martin Lee and Albert Ho, Stott shed light on the issues of crowd control and crowd psychology in his report. The document would be “highly relevant” to the defendants’ challenge of the proportionality of police operation on the day of the protest, Lok said.

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