onsdag 30. desember 2020

Hong Kong 12 'Pleaded Guilty' to Illegal Border Crossing Charges: Reports

The families of 12 Hong Kong protesters detained by the China Coast Guard on Aug. 23 as they tried to flee to the democratic island of Taiwan by speedboat say the court that tried the detainees on Monday has told them sentencing will take place on Wednesday. A concern group representing the families said they had been informed by lawyers that the Yantian District People's Court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen would announce its sentencing decisions at 10.30 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

But the Save 12 Hong Kong Youths concern group said it had been unable to verify this information with the court itself. The lawyers currently acting for the detainees were appointed by the authorities after lawyers hired by the families were repeatedly denied access to their clients and to case files. According to the government-appointed lawyers, the 10 detainees pleaded guilty to charges linked to illegally crossing a border during Monday's trial.