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Tanya Chan not guilty of breaching gathering rules

2021-06-18 HKT 12:17
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  • The court said Tanya Chan was explaining social distancing rules to bar owners and the meeting was not subject to gathering restrictions. File photo: RTHK
    The court said Tanya Chan was explaining social distancing rules to bar owners and the meeting was not subject to gathering restrictions. File photo: RTHK
Former pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan was on Friday found not guilty of breaching public gatherings rules by going to a bar for a meeting in April last year.

More than 10 other people were inside the premises in Mong Kok.

Kowloon City Magistracy said it accepted that Chan, who was a Civic Party lawmaker at the time, was explaining the relevant social distancing rules to bar owners.

It said the meeting was designed to convey information to help contain Covid-19 and was therefore not subject to the four-person public gathering limit imposed by the authorities.

Magistrate Cheng Lim-chi also acquitted Gordon Lam, the convenor of the Small and Medium Restaurant Federation, of the same charge of participating in a prohibited group gathering.

Chan Wai-choi, who was in charge of the bar, was cleared of allowing the gathering to take place, but was convicted of an offence for not checking people's temperatures before they entered the premises.