Three men were sentenced to two months in jail for stalking pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick on polling day in last year’s Legislative Council election in an attempt to stop him from winning, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
A fourth man was given an order of community service.
Wong Kin-fai, 36; Lam Ka-chun, 43; Ho Yee-kei, 41; and Wong Chun-yam, 18, were earlier convicted of loitering causing safety concern after they tailed Chu in two private cars on Sept. 4, Legco election day, to see if he was going to commit any violations of the election ordinance.
Wong Chun-yam, who is Wong Kin-fai’s brother, was spared of a jail term, and instead was ordered to do 160 hours of community service.
Acting Principal Magistrate Merinda Chow Yin-chu said although the case only involved Chu, he was a Legco candidate and not just an ordinary person.
Chow said an election candidate should be free from interference in order to campaign. The offense also happened on a polling day so a deterrent sentence was necessary, she added.
Despite the stalking, Chu garnered the highest number of votes in the election.
The three applied for release on bail while waiting for an appeal trial, but the judge rejected their application, Apple Daily reported. They were sent to prison immediately.
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