Date
24 September 2017
A Hong Kong court has upheld the conviction of lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung for disorderly conduct during a public forum in 2011. Photo: HKEJ
A Hong Kong court has upheld the conviction of lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung for disorderly conduct during a public forum in 2011. Photo: HKEJ

‘Long Hair’ faces jail as conviction upheld after 2011 protest

Radical lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, commonly known as “Long Hair”, faces a four-week jail sentence as the Hong Kong High Court rejected his appeal against a conviction for criminal damage and disorderly conduct, RTHK reported Monday.

Leung, a founding member of the League of Social Democrats and a prominent democratic rights activist, was arrested on three charges of criminal damage and behaving in a disorderly manner in public during a protest at a forum in September 2011.

He appealed to the High Court and had his originally two-month long sentence shortened to four weeks.

Leung has pleaded with the court to allow him to serve his sentence in the summer so that he can participate in the current legislative season.

But unfortunately for the lawmaker, the judge claimed to have no power to postpone the sentence. So, Leung’s lawyers now plan to appeal the court ruling.

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