Lawyer to seek jury trial for Hong Kong man accused of sedition, says client is autistic

The lawyer for a Hong Kong man accused of three counts of sedition is seeking a jury trial in the High Court, saying District Courts where a sole judge sits have no authority to hear such cases.

Defense counsel Steven Kwan also urged District Court Judge Kwok Wai-kin to obtain a medical record showing that his client, Chan Tai-sum, is autistic before sentencing him on another charge unrelated to sedition to which Chan intends to plead guilty.

District Court. Photo: Candice Chau / HKFP.

Chan Tai-sum faces one count of inciting others to take part in an illegal assembly, and three counts of actions with a seditious intention in breach of a colonial-era law.

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