A man who pled guilty to assaulting pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung in April had his bail extended Thursday. The magistrate said he has “passion for society” and only committed the crime due to political disagreement, Apple Daily reported.
A court magistrate said the defendant, Wong, who pled guilty to assaulting pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung has “passion for society,” extending his bail during a hearing Monday.
Wong, who is in his 80s, stabbed Leung—better known as “Long Hair”—outside the Liaison Office in April with a sharp object. Leung suffered a minor injury to his abdomen.
When police arrested him on the scene, he said: “It was me, I stabbed [him]. These people are causing chaos in Hong Kong, causing chaos in China. I am teaching him, so they know how many people in Hong Kong do not like him.”
At the time, Leung was taking part in a protest against the intervention of Beijing’s top state organs, Liaison Office and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, into the city’s legislative affairs.
Wong has been charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
During the hearing at Eastern Law Courts Building, Wong said he attacked Leung “for the greater good of everyone,” and that he would use a gun if he had one. He also cursed activist Joshua Wong and lawmaker Ted Hui, saying that the two “should die.”
According to the court magistrate Cheang Kei-hong, Wong has two gambling-related charges to his name.
He originally faced a two-month jail term, but the court has lowered his sentence to 160 hours of community service.
Leung appeared to show some sympathy for the attacker, saying that he understands why the court is not ordering him jail time because an 80-year-old having to spend time in jail would be “very sad.”
Adding that Wong has been brainwashed by the Communist Party, Leung said: “Someone who does not talk reality or [with] reason will always use violence to destroy dissent.”
The magistrate’s comments praising the man’s “passion for society” triggered accusations of the court’s political impartiality.
On the same day, pro-democracy activist Tam Tak-chi, who has been charged under the city’s colonial-era sedition law, was denied bail ahead of sedition trial. The “seditious remarks” he made include popular protest chants, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” and “Five demands, not one less.”
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