Hong Kong courtroom convicts 4 activists over rioting on anniversary of handover – JURIST

The District Court docket of Hong Kong convicted Hong Kong activists Gregory Wong, Ng Chi-yung, Ho Chun-yin and Lam Kan-kwan on Thursday over rioting at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Complicated on July 1, 2019. The riot occurred on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China and occurred within the broader context of the 2019 Hong Kong protests. The 4 activists pleaded not responsible to rioting and had been remanded in custody. They are going to be sentenced on March 16.

Protesters occupied the Legislative Council Complicated on July 1, 2019. They smashed home windows and painted protest slogans on the constructing, towards the warnings of the police and legislative council’s secretariat. 132 CCTV cameras, 748 door locks and 10 escalators had been broken through the protest. In line with a police watchdog, law enforcement officials did not cease the storming of the constructing. They arrested people months after the accident and didn’t make any arrests on that day.

Justice of the Peace Li Chi-ho discovered that Wong entered the constructing with the information that it was occupied by protesters and interacted with a protester within the constructing. He discovered that Ho entered the constructing with the intention of collaborating within the protest and assisted the protest. As well as, Li held that Ng participated within the protest as he was contained in the constructing through the protest for a considerable time period and didn’t depart till he was carried out. Moreover, he discovered that Lam was a frontline protester who smashed the glass door of the constructing and was concerned in transporting protest gadgets.

The 2019 Hong Kong protests erupted over a now-withdrawn extradition invoice that proposed to permit fugitives to be transferred from Hong Kong to jurisdictions that lack an extradition take care of Hong Kong, equivalent to mainland China and Macau. The invoice was withdrawn by former Hong Kong Chief Govt Carrie Lam on September 4, 2019 after a sequence mass protests.

Beforehand, on October 18, 2023, Hong Kong protester Tsang Chi-kin was sentenced to 3 and a half years in jail over rioting and assaulting a police officer. Tsang was arrested whereas trying to flee Hong Kong for Taiwan on July 13, 2023 after being shot by a police officer through the Nationwide Day protests on October 1, 2019. On September 11, 2023, Hong Kong protester Fung Ching-wah was sentenced to 4 years jail over rioting and perverting the course of justice. Fung was arrested through the Nationwide Day protests on October 1, 2019.

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