A young Hong Kong man has been charged with rioting and resisting police during an extradition bill protest outside the Legislative Council on June 12, the first of 32 people arrested that day to be brought to court.
Lifeguard Sin Ka-ho, 21, was charged on Thursday over the protest outside Legco, when the contentious legislation was supposed to resume its second reading.
He was charged with one count of rioting and two of resisting a police officer.
His supporters, many of whom dressed in black, packed the public gallery on his first court appearance on Friday.
Eastern Court heard all of the alleged offences were said to have taken place outside the public entrance of the Legislative Council complex.
But the court documents did not provide the names of the two officers Sin was accused of resisting.
Instead, they were only identified by their ranks and numbers as Sergeant 34730, and constable 20338.
Sin was not required to enter a plea on the charges as acting senior public prosecutor Karen Ng Ka-yuet revealed the case would move to the District Court, where the maximum jail term is capped at seven years.
Ng did not object to Sin’s bail, but demanded he obey a curfew and an injunction order.
That was accepted by Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai, who then granted bail with the condition that Sin remain in Hong Kong, report to police once a week, and obey a curfew from 11pm to 7am.
He was also barred from setting foot in the area of the central government offices and the Legislative Council complex in Tamar.
When asked why the officers involved in the case were not named on the charge sheet as in other cases, Ng told reporters outside court the omission was not deliberate.
But she refused to provide the names after the Senior Inspector Hung Fan-hong, the officer in charge, argued the identification numbers were sufficient.
The Post has been told the defence lawyers have also not been provided with the officers’ names as they are still waiting for the prosecution to pass on the case files.