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Hong Kong brothers go on trial in 'Transformers' extortion case

Hong Kong brothers go on trial in 'Transformers' extortion case

BEIJING -- Two Hong Kong brothers accused of attempting to extort about $12,800 from the crew filming Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” last year went on trial Tuesday in the Chinese territory. Mak Chi-shing, 27, and Mak Chi-hang, 28, were each charged with blackmail and assaulting police officers in the Oct. 17 incident; both pleaded not guilty. The two run a shop, Hang Fat Air Conditioner and Water Electrical Co. Prosecutors said in their opening remarks that the elder Mak threw an air-conditioning unit at Bay after the crew refused to pay the amount the Maks had demanded as compensation for disruption to their business. However, prosecutors did not...

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