People's Forces member Tan Dezhi (Quiebi) was charged with 14 counts of seditious remarks when he put on the street several times last year, including repeatedly mentioning the slogan "Recover Hong Kong: Revolution of the Times".
The trial period was postponed many times. The trial was opened in the District Court today (29th). The case was handled by the judge appointed by the National Security Law, Chen Guangchi. Before the trial, he first dealt with the order in the court and appealed to members of the public gallery not to make noise. He also instructed the prosecution to prepare a video camera. If the court considers it necessary, it will authorize the prosecution to use it to take photos of violations that may be ignored by the court in order to follow up.
Chen Guan also specifically stated to the defendant Tan Dezhi that he would not be biased against Tan because of this, but Tan responded: "You have to judge Tim before trial."
The defendant Tan Dezhi (48 years old) denied a total of 14 crimes of publishing incitement and inciting others to participate in an unauthorized assembly.
Don't make a noise when the judge leaves the table
When the prosecution opened the case, Judge Chen Guangchi suddenly stated that he must deal with the order in the court first, and he warned the observers that even after the judge left the court, they should not make a loud noise in the court, shout the flag, and show off their power, otherwise it would be disrespectful The court, to a certain extent, constitutes contempt of court.
Chen Guan pointed out that it is the responsibility of every Hong Kong citizen to respect the courts. If the courts remain silent and allow public noise, it is a violation of judicial dignity, which can cause nuisance to the courts and intimidate the courts.
If the court is silent, it will make people think that the court has acquiesced to the relevant behavior.
The defendant Tan Dezhi (Quabi) was charged with 14 counts of inciting speech.
The prosecutor prepares the camcorder
Chen Guan also appealed to the observers not to force the prosecution to take action, and immediately instructed the prosecution to prepare a video camera, and when authorized by the court, to film behaviors ignoring court rules and follow up.
No freedom of speech in court
After Chen Guan gave relevant instructions, he explained to Tan Dezhi that he would not be biased against him for this reason. Tan then said: "Nothing is judged before the trial." Chen Guanmo was silent for a moment and said to Tan: "Are you finished?" Said that the court does not have freedom of speech, and explained that there must be rules to speak in the court.
While the prosecutor read out the opening statement, laughter came from the public gallery, and the official Chen warned: "I don't know that people in the public gallery are bleaters. If you want to laugh, leave the courtroom." He called on them to respect the justice, and said: "It's not like being a strong enterprise (Dongdu laughs)."
The defense said experts would only be called when necessary
In addition, the prosecution and defense continue to discuss with Chen Guan this morning whether the Supreme People's Court's ruling on Tang Yingjie's case will be binding on the lower courts. In the end, both the prosecution and defense agreed that the Supreme Court's factual ruling is not binding on the lower courts.
Chen Guan also questioned whether the court needs to hear expert evidence again based on the ruling of the High Court.
The defense finally decided to summon Liang Xiaozi, a professor of linguistics at the University of Hong Kong, to give evidence only at an appropriate time.
Case No.: DCCC927, 928, 930/2020
Kuaibi Tan Dezhishen failed to terminate the hearing and failed to prove that the trial was unfair or abused judicial procedures. "Quiebi" Tan Dezhi was involved in seditious cases. The District Court has the right to try the National Security Law overriding local laws. "Quabi" Tan Dezhi is involved in seditious cases. The national security category should not be adjourned by the district court judge