BREAKING: Court rules MTR must release CCTV footage to student caught up in Prince Edward Station police raid
By Tom Grundy, Jennifer Creery and Rachel Wong.
The High Court has ordered the MTR Corporation to hand over CCTV footage from Prince Edward and Lai Chi Kok Stations to a student who is seeking damages from the police for assault.
On August 31 last year, baton-wielding riot police stormed into the station, deploying pepper spray and leaving dozens injured. The transit firm has since resisted calls to release the CCTV clips from the night, publishing only still images.
Kex Leung Yiu-ting, head of Education University’s student union, was arrested at Prince Edward station on the night in question and said he was beaten by police. Leung said he was passing through the station and was not participating in any protest.
He applied to the court for a Norwich Pharmacal Order to force the disclosure of the security camera footage. It must now be released within 10 days.
The court said on Wednesday that clips must be handed over of Prince Edward Station between 10:40pm on 31 August 2019 to 1:30am on September 1, as well as from Lai Chi Station between 1:25am to 2 am on September 1, 2019.
Protests erupted last June over a now-axed extradition bill. They have escalated into sometimes violent displays of dissent against police behaviour, amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment.
More to follow.