Radical lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung said he will appeal against the seven-day jail term handed to him by a court for disrupting an inter-school debate competition at Queen Elizabeth Stadium on May 15 last year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
An Eastern Magistrates’ Court ruled on Monday that a protest launched by Leung and activist Tam Tak-chi, vice chairman of the political group People Power, against Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who was at the event, disrupted the competition and violated the law.
The duo had pleaded not guilty to the charge of obstructing a person in lawful use of a civic center.
Magistrate Joseph To Ho-sing sentenced them to seven days in prison, but gave Tam a 12-month probation. Leung was granted a HK$4,000 bail pending an appeal.
In his ruling, To said the protest against Lam was clearly premeditated as the two, along with several other protesters, showed up with “tools” and wore similar clothes.
They continued to disrupt the competition despite the audience’s disapproval, the judge said.
As such, the duo had breached the freedom of speech and assembly of the 2,000 users of the civic center, he said.
The 60-year-old lawmaker from the League of Social Democrats called the judge “extremely biased”, adding that the protest was peaceful and targeted Lam only.
According to the law, Leung can still keep his seat at the Legislative Council if he fails to win his appeal.
Separately, Lam has reportedly written to Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen after Leung Kwok-hung was accused of grabbing a document folder from Eric Ma Siu-cheung, undersecretary for development, during a Legco meeting last Tuesday on the controversial Wang Chau housing development in Yuen Long.
Lam said in the letter that she felt very sorry about what happened and asked the Legco chief to take action while the government reserves its legal rights.
In his reply to Lam, Andrew Leung said he has asked the chairman of Legco’s Committee on Rules of Procedure to study how to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
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