Date
26 May 2017
Ken Tsang attended the High Court on Tuesday to accept his sentence. He expects to be in prison for 31 days. Photo: RTHK
Ken Tsang attended the High Court on Tuesday to accept his sentence. He expects to be in prison for 31 days. Photo: RTHK

Ken Tsang gives up appeal, goes to prison

Activist Ken Tsang said on Monday that he has decided to drop his appeal against a five-week jail term for assault on police officers and resisting arrest, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

“I have done things that were not allowed by the law, and I will be held responsible for my own actions. This I have never denied,” Tsang said in a Facebook post.

“It hasn’t been easy for the past two years trying to battle the unfairness, but we have done our best and achieved the most out of the situation.”

Tsang was convicted of spilling an unknown liquid on policemen and resisting arrest before he was beaten by seven officers. The officers were later sentenced to two years in jail for common assault.

Tsang insisted that the liquid was water that he used for washing off pepper spray, not urine or any sort of harmful substance.

Judge Law Tak-chuen ruled that it was water, contradicting the prosecution’s story.

Tsang thanked his supporters, adding that accepting the ruling was not cowardice but an act of civil disobedience.

He attended the High Court on Tuesday to accept the sentence and expects to spend 31 days in prison after deducting the holidays.

Before sending him away, the judge confirmed the appeal decision with Tsang, warning him he would lose his right to appeal again in the future.

The activist’s supporters waved him goodbye from the gallery as he was taken away to begin his sentence, according to RTHK.

Tsang’s lawyer Man Ho-ching said the most possible reason for giving up the appeal is that Tsang wanted to be responsible for his actions during the Occupy Central protests.

Legislator Tanya Chan said she respects Tsang’s decision.

Tsang graduated from Lingnan University and became a social worker, joining the Civic Party in 2008.

As an Election Committee member for the Social Welfare sector, Tsang will have to cast his vote for the chief executive election from prison this coming Sunday.

The Correctional Services Department said a special ballot station would be set up inside the prison for Tsang.

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