HONG KONG—The greatest court in Hong Kong dominated from the federal government Thursday in a landmark rioting circumstance, a decision probably to draw higher scrutiny from Beijing of the Chinese territory’s British-model justice system amid a nationwide-stability clampdown.

A panel of 5 judges on the Court of Closing Attraction rejected arguments from prosecutors that people today can be convicted of illegal assembly or rioting even if there is no evidence they had been participating at the scene. The circumstance was introduced by the Division of Justice soon after 3 people today arrested in a cul-de-sac around the scene of a violent protest in July 2019 had been acquitted of rioting by a decreased-court judge previous 12 months.