Hong Kong Police charge 16 individuals over 2019 MTR station attacks

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29th May 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s law enforcement authorities have charged 14 men and 2 women, aged between 21 and 39, with various offences in connection with the 2019 attacks on commuters and vandalism of facilities at Prince Edward and Mong Kok MTR stations. The charges include “unlawful detention“, “obstructing or attacking police officers”, “criminal damage”, “possession of offensive weapons” and “possession of illegal radio communications”. All of the individuals have been granted bail, and the case will appear for court mention at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday, 31st May.

Earlier, the District Court had convicted six men of “illegal assembly”, “rioting” or “possession of offensive weapons”, sentencing them to terms ranging from 8 months to 5 and a half years in prison or to be sent to detention centres. The police have been investigating the case for some time and sought legal advice before bringing charges against the 16 individuals.