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Grave injustice to the defendants, says academic

2017-08-18 HKT 12:59
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A legal scholar said on Friday that the Court of Appeal may have caused "substantial and grave injustice" to the three student leaders who were sent to jail on Thursday over a 2014 protest.

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were given prison sentences of six to eight months by the court on Thursday after the government appealed against the non-custodial punishments issued by a lower court.

Eric Cheung from the University of Hong Kong noted that contrary to the ruling by Eastern Magistracy last year that the three did not commit any act of violence when they climbed over the gates of Civic Square, the Court of Appeal described their action as "seriously violent".

He said the court seems to have stepped outside its jurisdiction and "departed from the accepted norm... thereby causing substantial and grave injustice to the three defendants.”

“If there was such evidence or such a finding there was big scale violence, I don’t have quarrel with Court of Appeal’s decision. But the way I see it there was no such evidence”, he said.

He said there's a reasonable argument for the three Occupy leaders to appeal to Hong Kong's highest court.