Police Officers and Pro-Beijing Witness Staying Anonymous in Court
Several police officers and a pro-Beijing witness may be able to go anonymous in court hearings.
Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai of the case surrounding a taxi driver beaten by protesters after ramming his car into a crowd in Sham Shui Po questioned the basis for the prosecution to apply to hide the identity of the two police officers involved when no anonymity order had been made. As disclosed by the defence lawyers to the court, the two police officers and one witness were identified A, B and Y on the witness list. Prosecutors explained that the Police deemed it necessary to protect the privacy of the officers amid fears of doxxing and harassment.
Chainrai criticized the prosecution, saying that it was not a norm to anonymise police officers and that it would doubts on the fairness of trials to come. She asked the prosecution to file a written submission for the anonymity order 7 days before the next hearing on 8 January 2020.