Hongkong Trio Activist Jailed

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow & Ivan Lam jailed over 2019 for inciting an unauthorised assembly outside the police headquarters in Wan Chai last June.

Activists Joshua Wong (C) and Ivan Lam (L) board a police van at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre in Hong Kong on December 2, 2020, before going to court to be sentenced over a protest.

The trio attended the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday after pleading guilty to their roles in the siege of the police base on Arsenal Street last June 21.

Wong was sentenced to 13.5 months in prison whilst Chow received 10 months, and Lam was handed seven months behind bars.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Magistrate Lily Wong said the trio had been “premediated” in inciting others to take part in, or continue to take part in, the assembly. She said their inciting acts posed a threat to personal safety to people at the scene and caused serious disruption to traffic: “They committed the offence in a joint enterprise of which they were active participants,” Wong wrote in her ruling.

Chow’s application for bail to await appeal was denied, as Magistrate Wong said her jail term was “not just a few weeks long.”

When delivering her sentencing, Magistrate Wong said the court had to consider factors including protecting the public, meting out penalties, and giving open condemnation and deterrence.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged the Hong Kong and Beijing authorities “to end their campaign to stifle opposition”.

“Prosecution decisions must be fair and impartial. Rights and freedoms in Hong Kong must be upheld.”

By Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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