20 October 2018
"Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung is locked up unlocked. Photos: Apple Daily
"Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung is locked up unlocked. Photos: Apple Daily

The long and short of ‘hair discrimination’

The lawyer for jailed legislator “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung said forcing male prisoners to cut their locks could be a case of discrimination and he might file a judicial review on the issue, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Long Hair has become Short Hair for a third time, with a judge ordering him to serve a month behind bars for criminal damage and disorderly conduct during a protest at a public forum in 2011. The League of Social Democrats lawmaker was also jailed in 2000 and 2002.

Leung’s lawyer, former legislator Martin Lee, asked the judge why male prisoners have to have their hair cut short, while female prisoners can opt to keep their hair long. Lee said he would consider filing a judicial review on the issue. A little surprised, the judge then responded saying it was an interesting topic, the report said.

Leung also asked the court to allow him to attend a Legislative Council meeting Wednesday, given his relatively short sentence but the judge ruled that no exceptional treatment should be granted, even if the person has public duties.

Leung said he was not asking the court to release him, but to let him out on bail. If an application to the Court of Final Appeal fails, he will serve his jail term immediately, the report said.

He also appealed to around 100 supporters in court to take part in the “June 22 referendum”.

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