Fanling Squire’s wedding banquet was only a verbal warning, but Kwong Wing Cafe was swiped twice by the police
Starting from 28th March, 2020, the Hong Kong government has implemented a new measure requiring all restaurants in Hong Kong to serve a maximum of four customers per table, at least 1.5 meters apart from each other, and can only serve up to half of the seating capacity of the restaurant. The community has already questioned the Government taking the opportunity to suppress “yellow shops” (pro-democracy shops).
Kwong Wing Cafe said on its Facebook page that the cafe was inspected by police several times on the night of March 29. According to a PSHK report, the police received a report that the distance between the tables at the Tsuen Wan Kwong Wing Cafe was less than 1.5 metres and a number of uniformed police officers entered the Cafe to inspect it. However, there were only a few diners at that time, and the number of people per table was not more than three. The officers questioned and recorded the ID information of the restaurant employees who were about to leave work. The staff of the cafe took the temperature of each officer to make sure they did not have a fever. After the police officers left, they returned for a second inspection within 30 minutes. Again, they did not issue any advice or take anyone away, a practice that has prompted the public to question the police’s use of the inspection as a pretext to suppress the Yellow Shop.
On the other hand, in the evening of the same day, a squire from the village of Lung Yeuk Tau, Fanling, hosted a wedding banquet for his son at the ancestral hall. It is known that the groom is the nephew of former North District Councilor Tang Kun-nin, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB). About a hundred people were invited to the banquet and about 20 tables were set up, each with 8 to 10 plastic chairs. The banquet started at 7:30 p.m. and the tables were filled with guests, but each table had a maximum of 6 to 8 people, which violated the rules that each table could only serve a maximum of 4 guests and wedding banquets could not host more than 20 people. The Police said that a complaint was received at around 7 pm that a large number of people were attending a wedding banquet at an ancestral hall in the village of Sui Wan Road, Sheung Shui, and police officers were sent there to investigate, but only verbal warnings were given to the banquet organiser and no prosecution was made.
Perverting the course of justice is an indictable offence of the common law. The offence means an act, series of acts or conduct with a tendency and intent to pervert the course of justice (Halsbury’s Laws of England, vol. 11(1) (4th ed. reprint) para. 315).
Discontinuation of criminal prosecution in return for reward
Making false allegations
Providing false statements to investigators
Deliberately helping others to evade capture
Intimidating, coercing or harassing a witness
Witnesses deliberately fail to attend hearings in exchange for remuneration
Fabrication, concealment or destruction of evidence
Improper discontinuance of prosecution
Setbacks to statutory procedures that would have made it possible to prosecute
Related Event: March 28 Selective Enforcement of the “Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance”