A localist lawmaker was slapped a HK$5,000 fine on Friday after being found guilty of desecrating the national and SAR flags.
Dr. Cheng Chung-tai, the 33-year-old leader of Civic Passion, was found guilty of one count of desecrating the national flag and one count of desecrating the Hong Kong flag by the Eastern Magistrates’ Court, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. He was fined HK$2,500 for each of the two charges.
On Oct. 19 last year, during a Legislative Council session, Cheng turned miniature versions of the national and SAR flags displayed on the desks of pro-establishment lawmakers upside down, the court heard.
Cheng had denied both charges.
Under the law, anyone who desecrates the national and SAR flags or emblems by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on them commits an offense.
The court ruled that Cheng’s acts of upending the miniature flags were tantamount to defiling the national and SAR flags.
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