Journalist charged with “possession of ammunition” for picking up spent tear gas rounds for research

Chow Man, 26, was stopped by officers at Sai Wan Ho MTR station on Monday, Nov. 18. Documents presented to Eastern Magistrates’ Court said that Chow’s collection included 40 pieces of spent ammunition, such as tear gas rounds, sponge grenades, rubber bullets, and cartridge casings.

Chow gave his occupation as reporter — although it’s not clear if he worked for an outlet or is a freelancer — and told the court that he was collecting the spent ammunition for research.

At the request of the prosecution, the magistrate decided to postpone the case until Jan. 14 pending police tests on the used ammunition. Chow wasn’t required to enter a plea, but his application for bail was refused and he’ll be remanded in custody.

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