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04/15/2022 Hong Kong (International Christian Concern) – A pastor and a housewife have been charged with sedition for allegedly interrupting a January trial. They are among six suspects detained by the police earlier on suspicion of purposely causing a nuisance during court sessions.

According to Hong Kong News, on April 6, Rev. Garry Pang Moon-yuen, 59, and housewife Chiu Mei-Ying, 67, along with three other men and a woman, were arrested by Hong Kong’s national security police. They attended a January 4 hearing where the June 4 vigil (commemorating Tiananmen Massacre) organizer Chow Hang-Tung was being sentenced for inciting others to join the banned event.

During the hearing, Rev. Pang and Chiu were among the bystanders in court who gave their applause after Chow made an appeal for herself. For this, the two were charged with intent to bring hatred or excite disaffection against the administration of justice, as well as encouraging disobedience to law and order.

Additionally, Rev. Pang was also charged with doing an act or acts with a seditious intention, as the authorities accused him of vilifying the judiciary with remarks he gave on his YouTube channel between November 17, 2020, and February 16, this year.

After Pang’s case was discussed at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on April 8, his supporters shouted at him, “Hang on, pastor!” But Magistrate Law Tak-Chuen immediately turned to the crowd and rebuked them.

For the past two years, Rev. Pang, who once led Oxford Chinese Christian Church in England, has been attending various court sessions and reporting from the scene. In addition, he also often offered prayers to the defendants and their families. If sentenced, he can face up to two years of detention.

A Catholic clergy from Hong Kong told ICC that after the National Security Law (NSL) came into effect in July 2020, people in HK did not even dare to share or like anything on Facebook that may offend the government these days. While Pang’s case might have been widely discussed online before NSL, now there is little discussion about him.

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