fredag 16. april 2021

Hong Kong pro-democracy figures to be sentenced amid crackdown on dissent

A group of high-profile Hong Kong pro-democracy activists including media mogul Jimmy Lai, will be sentenced on Friday for organising or attending “unauthorised assemblies” during mass protests that rocked the city in 2019. At least some are expected to receive jail terms of up to five years, another blow to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, as authorities work to crush all forms of dissent.

Along with Lai, the group includes veteran activists Lee Cheuk Yan and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, 82-year-old barrister Martin Lee, widely known as the father of Hong Kong democracy, and 73-year-old barrister and former legislator Margaret Ng. The sentences relate to convictions in two cases – one relating to a protest on 18 August 2019 and another two weeks later on 31 August.

Lai and Lee Cheuk Yan were defendants in both cases. Lai, who is facing other charges including under the national security law imposed by Beijing last year, has been detained on remand since late last year, but Friday will mark the first time he had been sentenced.