lørdag 21. august 2021

Hong Kong Court Sentences Minor to Training Center Over Role in 2019 Protests

A secondary school student was sentenced for up to three years in a juvenile correction facility in Hong Kong on Friday for "illegal assembly" in connection with protests in and around Prince Edward MTR station on Aug. 31, 2019 on the night of a violent raid on trains and platforms by riot police. The boy, who was just 13 at the time of the protests, had pleaded guilty to "possession of offensive weapons" after Molotov cocktails were found in his backpack.

He was brought to the District Court for sentencing on Friday by District Court Judge Frankie Yiu. He appeared calm in court, wearing a white shirt, and glancing at his family in the public gallery from time to time. In mitigation, defense attorney Edward Chan said the boy had acted on impulse, and had received proper parental care. His school principal was willing to facilitate his return to study. He called for a shorter-than-usual sentence in a youth rehabilitation center, to allow him to resume his studies as soon as possible.

Judge Yiu replied by commenting that the boy had taken an active part in the protest on the night in question, "even on the front line."