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Occupy contempt of court case adjourned

2017-12-07 HKT 16:33
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  • From second left: Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and Raphael Wong were joined by other activists outside the High Court ahead of Thursday's hearing. Photo: RTHK
    From second left: Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and Raphael Wong were joined by other activists outside the High Court ahead of Thursday's hearing. Photo: RTHK
Maggie Ho reports
The High Court on Thursday postponed the sentencing of 16 pro-democracy activists, including Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and Raphael Wong, until a later date.

The activists were expecting to receive their punishments for contempt of court relating to the Occupy protests in 2014.

But defence lawyers asked for time to make further written submissions on sentencing principles for young offenders, as well as the sentencing options for contempt of court.

The judge accepted their request and said he will schedule another hearing in the future.

Wong, Shum and some of the others had admitted obstructing bailiffs during the court-ordered clearance of the Mong Kok protest site, while other defendants were found guilty by the court in October.

At the hearing on October 13, Judge Andrew Chan noted there had been multiple warnings from court bailiffs for the activists to leave the protest site and their refusal amounted to "serious interference with the administration of justice".

Four others involved in the case were earlier fined HK$10,000 and given one-month suspended jail terms.

Wong, 21, is currently on bail ahead of an appeal to be heard next month over his six-month prison term for breaking into Civic Square at Tamar, just before the start of the 79-day Occupy sit-ins.

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Last updated: 2017-12-07 HKT 16:54