A young woman who became a figurehead for the ongoing anti-government protests after suffering a serious eye injury in Tsim Sha Tsui last month has gone to the High Court over the police obtaining her medical records against her will.
The force has been accused of shooting the woman in the face with a bean bag round. But it says nobody knows for the sure that the injury was caused by one of its officers.
After complaining that the woman refused to talk to them, the police got a court warrant and obtained her medical records from the Hospital Authority.
During a hearing over an application for a judicial review on Thursday, a lawyer for the woman referred to as "K" in court argued for the right to be given a copy of the court warrant, with a view to later blocking the police from making use of the medical records.
He said he had earlier repeatedly asked to see the warrant to challenge its validity, but the police had refused to provide him with the relevant documents.
He said this was unlawful and unreasonable and breached Article 35 of the Basic Law, which gives people the right to judicial remedies and to challenge legal proceedings.
The Department of Justice argued, however, that even attempting to challenge the warrant was misconceived, because it had already been executed. And in any case, it said, the warrant contained confidential information and couldn't be disclosed.
Judge Godfrey Lam said he would decide in the next couple of days whether to allow the judicial review to go ahead.
Eye injury woman fights warrant move in High Court
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