Date
14 October 2019
Supporters of Edward Leung gather outside the High Court on Wednesday as the jailed activist appeals against his long prison sentence over a 2016 Mong Kok riots case. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of Edward Leung gather outside the High Court on Wednesday as the jailed activist appeals against his long prison sentence over a 2016 Mong Kok riots case. Photo: Reuters

Edward Leung appears in court to appeal against 6-year jail term

Localist activist Edward Leung, who is serving a six-year jail term over a 2016 rioting case, appeared in court on Wednesday to appeal against his sentence.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the High Court to support the 27-year-old who has been jailed for taking part in “riots” in Mong Kong during the Lunar New Year holiday three years ago.

The court was originally due to hear Leung’s appeal against his convictions and sentence, but his lawyers said in court they will only appeal against the six-year prison sentence, not the convictions, RTHK reports.

The hearing started with the prosecution showing video clips of how a clearance operation of unlicensed hawkers in Mong Kok by staff from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department on the evening of Feb. 8, 2016 descended into clashes between protesters and police, the report said.

The clashes allegedly happened after Hong Kong Indigenous, the so-called localist group that Leung belongs to, mobilized supporters to the area.

Two other defendants in the case, Lo Kin-man and Wong Ka-kui, are also appealing against their rioting convictions.

The courtroom was packed with journalists and Leung’s supporters, with many wearing masks, RTHK noted.

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