When the pro-democracy 35+ primary election case resumed, the defendant Liu Weicong said during cross-examination by the prosecution this afternoon (7th) that he did not like to use social media, did not use WhatsApp and Instagram, etc., and he had not read Benny Tai's posts on Facebook, nor did he read Dai Yiuting's articles written by Chinese, and he also said that he could provide a password for the prosecution to view his mobile phone seized by the police, but the password he provided did not match, and the prosecution still could not open it. Liu also denied that he was a protester, and clarified that he was not against the five demands, but did not support it.
Liu Weicong has finished his testimony, and Huang Biyun of the Democratic Party has finally decided not to testify in court, and next week Shi De of the Democratic Association will appear in court to defend himself.
Lau Wai Chung (left) finished his testimony and photographed reporters with another defendant, Ho Kaiming, as they left the courtroom. (Photo by Zhu Dixin)
They don't consider themselves protesters
When questioned by the prosecution in the afternoon, Mr. Lau said he would not consider himself a protester. The prosecution asked him if he opposed the five demands, and Liu clarified that he was not opposed, but did not support.
No WhatsApp, just iMessage
Liu also said he didn't use WhatsApp because he didn't like social media. Judge Chan Hingwei said many of the documents in this case were posted via WhatsApp. Lau responded that he could learn about the situation through his assistant and that he also used iMessage.
The password was provided but the phone was not turned on
Liu also pointed out that after his arrest, his mobile phone was seized, and he could also provide the prosecution with the mobile phone password to allow them to check his phone, but because the password was used several years ago, he was not sure whether it was accurate, and finally provided a set of 4-digit passwords, but the prosecution pointed out that the mobile phone required a 6-digit password, and in the end it was still impossible to access Liu's mobile phone.
Benny Tai's Chinese articles were not read during the primary election
The prosecution also asked whether he had read Mr Tai's article on "2020+" between March and April 3, and Mr Lau said that he had not read Tai Chinese's article on Occupy Central with Love and Peace, except for Tai's article "Occupy Central with Love and Peace". The prosecution went on to ask Liu if he had seen Dai's Facebook post at the time, and Liu said that the prosecution only read the documents involved in the case after providing him, and said that he did not read the Facebook post. The prosecution disputed his claims, with Judges Li Yunteng and Chen Qingwei saying they did not look either, and Chen Guan said he did not have an Instagram account.
After Lau's confession, the barrister representing Wong Biyun said that Wong would not give evidence and that Sze Tak Lai would give evidence next Monday.
16 accused on trial. (See the figure below)
The 16 defendants were Ng Cheng Hang (44), Cheng Tat Hung (34), Yang Xueying (36), Peng Zhuoqi (28), Ho Qiming (34), Lau Wai Chung (55), Wong Bi Wan (63), Sze Tak Lai (40), Ho Kwai Lan (32), Chan Chi Chuan (50), Chow Ka Shing (25), Lam Cheuk-ting (45), Leung Kwok-hung (66), Ko Yiu-lin (51), Lee Yuk Xin (29) and Yu Wai Ming (35). The charges allege that between 2020 July 7 and 1 January 2021, the defendants conspired with others to subvert state power.
31 accused who have pleaded guilty. (See the figure below)
The 31 guilty defendants: Tai Yiu-ting, Au Nuo Xuan, Chiu Ka-yin, Chung Kam-lin, Yuen Ka-wai, Leung Hoang Wai, Tsui Zijian, Shum Zijie, Mao Mengjing, Fung Tat Chun, Liu Zefeng, Joshua Wong, Tam Man Ho, Li Ka Tat, Tam Teck Chi, Wu Zhiwei, Chu Kai-di, Zhang Kesen, Wong Ziyue, Yin Siu-kin, Kwok Ka-ki, Wu Min'er, Tam Kaibang, Liu Chin-kuang, Yang Yueqiao, Fan Guowei, Lui Chi-hang, Shum Aohui, Wang Baiyu, Lin Jingnan and Wu Jianwei.
Of the 13 defendants on quasi-bail, 10 pleaded not guilty. (See the figure below)
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