Court officials say the Thai government has dropped a case against a Hong Kong photojournalist who was arrested last year for possessing a bulletproof vest and a helmet, which are considered weapons in Thailand.

The officials say the government filed for withdrawing the charges against Hok Chun Anthony Kwan on Dec. 30, 2015 in the Samut Prakan provincial court where he was being tried.

Two court officials told The Associated Press Tuesday that Kwan accepted the government position on Jan. 29 this year, and the same day the court ended the case.

The officials cannot be identified under court protocol. It was not clear what prompted the change of heart in the government, which had faced criticism for punishing Kwan for possessing items that journalists routinely carry in dangerous situations.