Margaret Ng, 1 of 5 trustees of 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund files petition to demand police to return seized evidence protected by LPP

Margaret Ng

19th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The “612 Humanitarian Relief Fund” was established during the movement against extradition bill in 2019. Its five trustees include artist Denise Ho, former bishop Joseph Zen, former legislative councillor Margaret Ng, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Professor Hui Po-keung and imprisoned former legislative councillor, Cy Ho were arrested before being released on bail pending trial. They were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security.

Among them, Ng filed a petition with the High Court yesterday (18th), asking the police to return some of the evidence seized on the day of the arrest, including the information protected by Legal Professional Confidentiality (LPP), and demanded compensation from the police, but there was no mention of the amount claimed. The plaintiff in this case, Ng alleged that on 11th May, 2022, the police went to the plaintiff’s unit on Robinson Road, Mid-Levels Central, and seized a large amount of information. The plaintiff requested a court order requiring the police to return material protected by the LPP and material not authorised to seize by the police under section 50(6) of the Police Force Ordinance. In addition, the plaintiff asked the court to issue an injunction to prohibit the police from accessing and using the above-mentioned information without her consent, and also asked the police to pay compensation for the illegal seizure of the information, including related interest and legal costs.