A HONG KONG photographer detained for carrying a bulletproof jacket and helmet will face trial after pleading not guilty yesterday to a weapons possession charge.
Anthony Kwan Hok-chun, who works for the Hong Kong-based Initium media group, was briefly held on August 23 after trying to depart at Suvarnabhumi Airport with a flak jacket and helmet in his hand luggage.
Both items are classified as weapons under Thai law and Kwan was charged with breaching the Arms Control Act – punishable by up to five years in jail. He was in Thailand to cover the aftermath of August’s deadly Bangkok bombing.
Kwan told reporters yesterday after a hearing at the Samut Prakan provincial court that he denied the charge.
“I’m not confessing… I don’t think that a flak jacket is a weapon and I definitely didn’t know it was illegal here,” he said.