Suspect arrested in stabbing of HK lawmaker Junius Ho remanded after attempted murder charge

09-Nov-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

An unemployed man charged with the attempted murder of a Hong Kong lawmaker who was stabbed during an election campaign event was remanded after a brief court appearance on Friday.

Tung Pak-fai, 30, is accused of attacking Junius Ho Kwan-yiu in Tuen Mun on Wednesday.

The pro-establishment legislator is running in the November 24 district council elections in the Lok Tsui constituency of Tuen Mun, against Democratic Party member Lo Chun-yu and Chiang Ching-man.

Tung, a Kwai Chung resident, was arrested shortly after the incident on Wu Chui Road. During his first appearance in Fanling Court, prosecutors asked for more time to conduct DNA and fingerprint analysis, as well to examine Tung’s mobile phone, tablet and two computers.

Prosecutors also said they were waiting for Ho’s medical report, and did not ask Tung to enter a plea.

Tung did not apply for bail, and acting principal magistrate Don So Man-lung adjourned the case to February 3 next year.

Chinese State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office condemned the attack, and said it was “blatant violence in the election”.

“This is an attempt to threaten and intimidate candidates and their supporters who love the country and Hong Kong, and to create a chilling effect, in order to influence the district council election results and to achieve a political gain,” said spokeswoman Xu Luying.

She also reiterated the stance expressed earlier in the week by Chinese vice-Premier Han Zheng that all branches of the administration, and the judiciary, bore the common responsibility to stop violence in the city.


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