Date
22 September 2017
In addition to his freedom, "Long Hair" Leung gives up chance to watch the World Cup at the  Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. Photo: Apple Daily
In addition to his freedom, "Long Hair" Leung gives up chance to watch the World Cup at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. Photo: Apple Daily

Locked-up Long Hair’s long month in World Cup exile

First his liberty, then his locks and now lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung is losing one of his loves because of his month-long jail sentence for disrupting a public forum.

As well as not being able to vote in this weekend’s Occupy Central poll or take part in the annual July 1 march, the big football fan is not allowed to watch the once-in-four-years World Cup.

World Cup matches cannot be recorded and played to inmates because of copyright issues, Apple Daily reported Wednesday, citing a Hong Kong Correctional Services source.

The prisoners could watch the matches live if the authorities let them but the administration forbids this to discourage gambling. That just leaves inmates watching TVB’s match highlights, the report said.

But even this option is not available to “Long Hair” at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre — he had demanded a cell in solitary without a TV.

Leung is allowed into the center’s yard for an hour a day and has to spend the rest of it inside the cell “gluing envelopes”, his assigned prison job.

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