Trial for 16 of 47 pan-democrats who plead not guilty to conspiracy to subvert state power transferred to West Kowloon Law Courts, trial to take 90 days

Lam Cheuk-ting

6th February 2023 – (Hong Kong) 47 pan-democrats who participated in the 2020 Legislative Council primary election were charged with conspiracy to subvert state power between 1st July 2020 and 7th January 2021, and the case has been transferred to the High Court for trial. Among them, 31 defendants, including Benny Tai, Joshua Wong and Claudia Mo, said they would plead guilty. As for the 16 defendants who have not pleaded guilty, including Lam Cheuk-ting and Leung Kwok-hung, their cases have been transferred to West Kowloon Law Courts this morning (6th) for mention, and the trial is expected to take 90 days.

Two other defendants, former district councillor Ng Kin-wai and owner of AbouThai grocery chain, Mike Lam King-nam, who pleaded not guilty at first but later changed their intention to plead, also appeared in court today. They both pleaded guilty, and Ng said in court, “I failed to subvert the state power, so I plead guilty.”