Hong Kong’s top court declares unlawful some aspects of ‘joint enterprise’ rule for rioting, illegal assembly cases in landmark judgment

Nov 4, 2021 | INVESTING

A person not physically present at an unlawful assembly or riot can no longer be held liable as an actual participant of the crime, Hong Kong’s top court has ruled in a landmark decision for pending trials stemming from the 2019 anti-government protests.In a much-anticipated judgment on Thursday, the Court of Final Appeal ruled it unlawful for prosecutors to apply the common law doctrine of joint enterprise to illegal assembly and riot cases when going after suspects who were not on the scene…

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