Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in jail

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in jail

Wong began serving a six-month jail term last August for a separate unlawful assembly charge, but the bespectacled activist was granted bail by Hong Kong's highest court, which heard the appeal against the sentence on Tuesday.

Wong who was the public face of the protests along with other activists was found guilty of contempt of court for blocking clearance of a protest site.

Wong had pleaded guilty previous year for failing to comply with a court order to clear out of a protest camp during the 79-day gathering in the semiautonomous Chinese city. If elected, 21-year-old Chow would become the city's youngest ever lawmaker, a designation previously held by Law.

Wong and another activist, Raphael Wong Ho-ming, were remanded in custody while 14 other defendants were dealt suspended sentences, according to the South China Morning Post.


"He played a leading role on that day", the judge said.

Wong, who was just 18 in 2014, is now seeking to overturn a six-month sentence for a separate protest action.

Hong Kong has been governed by a "one country, two systems" agreement since 1997 when Britain handed the territory back to China.

A spokesman for Hong Kong's Department of Justice (DOJ) said "allegations of political prosecution or persecution are entirely unfounded", adding the DOJ is "committed to safeguarding the rule of law and judicial independence in Hong Kong, as well as keeping criminal prosecutions free from any interference".

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