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Hong Kong appeals court upholds 15-month prison sentence of Tiananmen Square vigil organizer

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The Hong Kong Courtroom of First Occasion upheld pro-democracy activist Chow Cling-tung’s 15-month jail sentence on Wednesday and ruled that Chow will serve the remaining 4 and a half months of her sentence for inciting others to take part in an unauthorized meeting. Chow has been detained since September 2021 on National Security Law costs.

The West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts beforehand sentenced Chow on January 4, 2022 to fifteen months jail over inciting others to take part in Hong Kong’s 2021 Tiananmen Sq. vigil. Whereas the Excessive Courtroom quashed Chow’s conviction on December 14, 2022, the Courtroom of Last Attraction overturned and reinstated Chow’s acquittal on January 25.

In rejecting Chow’s enchantment, Decide Barnes agreed with Justice of the Peace Amy Chan in sentencing Chow to fifteen months jail. Whereas Chow beforehand argued that the police unlawfully interfered along with her elementary rights in prohibiting the vigil, Barnes discovered that such arguments weren’t purpose sufficient to grant Chow a lighter sentence. Barnes additionally said that Chow disregarded the regulation as she incited different to take part within the 2021 Tiananmen Sq. vigil whereas awaiting trial over costs in relation to the 2020 Tiananmen Sq. vigil. The 2020 vigil was additionally prohibited by the police as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Chow organized the Tiananmen Sq. vigils when she was vice-chair of pro-democracy group Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. Hong Kong authorities arrested Chow on September 8, 2021 after she refused to supply info on the group’s actions and funds. She was then charged with inciting subversion below the Nationwide Safety Legislation. On September 10, 2021, the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courtroom denied Chow’s bail request in stating that she breached the regulation by not submitting info requested by authorities.

Chow faces a most of life imprisonment if convicted below the Nationwide Safety Legislation.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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