The 44 protesters charged with rioting in Hong Kong are likely to be released on bail and some are expected to be subject to a midnight curfew, according to sources.
The conditions for the first defendant, who had his charge read to him on Wednesday morning, could be applied across the board for the other accused, who were appearing before a magistrate one by one.
It also emerged that one was a Cathay Pacific pilot and another was aged 16.
The 28 men and 16 women were charged in connection with Sunday’s protests in the central and western area of the Hong Kong island.
The first defendant’s bail conditions included a daily curfew from midnight to 6am and a ban from leaving Hong Kong.
They were the first rioting charges in two months of civil unrest since over the now-abandoned bill. No pleas will be entered on Wednesday.
All of the 44 face one count of rioting, an offence punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment in the city’s highest criminal court.
The youngest was a 16-year-old female student, while the oldest was a 41-year-old woman.
One of defendants, 33-year-old clerk Mok Cheuk-fai, was also charged with assaulting police.
A 45th defendant, student Chen Zimau, 24, was charged with one count of possession of offensive weapon.
Principal Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen adjourned the case to September 25.
Outside the Eastern Court in Sai Wan Ho, hundreds of people gathered to show their support to the defendants.
They turned up despite the heavy rain and wind as the No 3 typhoon signal was in place, with the city bracing itself for the possibility of an upgrade to No 8.
“Revive Hong Kong! Revolution of our times!” some chanted.
Hong Kong has been rocked by a series of protests since June 9 over the government’s extradition bill, which was shelved on June 15.
The legislation would have allowed the transfer of criminal suspects to jurisdictions, with which Hong Kong has no extradition deal, including mainland China, where critics say fair trials are not guaranteed.
Hours before the court appearances, chaotic scenes erupted outside Kwai Chung police station on Wednesday night, where people besieged the building opposing the prosecutions.
Five other people were also arrested over the same day of protests. Among them, two were released on bail pending further investigation, while another two were temporarily released