When handling the beheading of the Lennon Wall in Tseung Kwan O last year, the judge Guo Weijian, who described the defendant as having noble sentiments, was "lifted" in July this year to deal with cases involving political backgrounds again.
When Guo Guanjin (16th) handled a national security law case involving female clerks and male students involved in the distribution of inciting criminal objects in the District Court, he even said that he had been appointed as the designated judge of the "Minato National Security Law" and had the power to hear the case. And the case was postponed until October 19 for re-hearing.
The prosecution stated during the court session that this case involves endangering national security and needs to be handled by a judge designated by the National Security Law. Guan Guo then said: "I have been connected." He also said that he has the right to hear the case.
Guo Guan later rejected the female defendant's application for bail and refused to allow the male defendant to change the bail conditions.
The female defendant Cao Xuexin (45 years old, a clerk at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education) and a 17-year-old boy surnamed Huang in Form 4 were charged with conspiracy to print, publish, distribute, display or copy seditious publications between May and December 11 last year. A publication that is intended to arouse Hong Kong residents to attempt to fail to follow legal channels, to prompt changes in matters formulated in Hong Kong according to law, or to counsel others to disobey the law or obey legal orders.
Judge Guo Weijian was suspended from handling political cases.
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Dealing with Lennon Wall's beheading case caused controversy
Judge Kwok Wai Kin, in the District Court in April last year, dealt with a case involving a middle-aged tour guide who claimed to have been affected by social incidents in his livelihood in August 2019, beheading three men and women who posted announcements in the Lennon Tunnel in Tseung Kwan O. The tour guide Pleaded guilty in front of Guo's official seat.
When Guo Guan dealt with it, he reprimanded the demonstrators for "Cultural Revolution-style" extreme behavior. Instead, he described the defendant who surrendered and was willing to bear the guilt as noble.
After he made the relevant remarks, it caused controversy among people from all walks of life.
The then Chief Justice Ma Daoli had also discussed the incident with Guo Qing, reminding him to avoid expressing personal opinions in the judgment, so as to avoid biased perceptions.
Guo has not tried cases involving similar political backgrounds for the time being since last year. It was not until July this year that he saw official Guo re-handling the scheduled cases involving political backgrounds.
Guo Guanjin admitted that he has been appointed as the designated judge of the National Security Law.
Case Number: DCCC 767/2021
The tour guide Lennon wall beheading judge Guo Weijian used the topic to reprimand the demonstrators for their extreme behavior, the defendant was against being bullied, and the "noble sentiment" argument caused controversy. Judge Guo Weijian continued to abstain from the anti-amendment case. Judge Guo Weijian sympathizes with the beheading defendant, Ma Daoli, points to a sense of prejudice, and Guo suspends trial of related cases