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Ted Hui to sue taxi driver over protest smash

2020-02-24 HKT 15:42
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  • Ted Hui to sue taxi driver over protest smash
  • Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui says dozens of people are willing to come forward as witnesses or to provide evidence over the incident. Photo: RTHK
    Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui says dozens of people are willing to come forward as witnesses or to provide evidence over the incident. Photo: RTHK
Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui has announced that he is bringing a second private prosecution related to Hong Kong's anti-government protests, this time against a taxi driver involved in a bloody incident in Sham Shui Po last year.

The driver was dragged from his vehicle and badly beaten after the taxi ploughed through a group of protesters who had blocked the road on October 6.

A woman who suffered multiple fractures to her legs when the taxi mounted a pavement and struck her was later charged with rioting.

Hui said on Thursday that he had spoken to the woman's family and she is still having problems with her recovery.

The legislator said he would use money raised through crowdfunding to prosecute the taxi driver for dangerous driving, and had found dozens of people willing to come forward as witnesses or to provide evidence.

Media reports at the time of the incident said the driver claimed someone else had grabbed the wheel of the vehicle.

With the courts partially closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Hui has not yet filed the prosecution, which will only go ahead if a magistrate believes the taxi driver has a case to answer.

Hui said he is bringing the case because the authorities have failed to prosecute, adding that this alleged inaction is another form of "police brutality".

"It's the inaction of the police that leads to injustice," he said.

Last month, Hui filed a private prosecution against a police officer who shot a student in the abdomen with live ammunition in Sai Wan Ho last November, accusing him of either attempted murder, or shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The 21-year-old shot was critically ill for some time after the incident, undergoing surgery to remove his right kidney and part of his liver.