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Joshua Wong to be sentenced on Wednesday

2018-01-12 HKT 15:55
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  • Joshua Wong was among 20 people who either admitted or were found guilty of contempt of court over the 2014 Occupy protests. File photo: RTHK
    Joshua Wong was among 20 people who either admitted or were found guilty of contempt of court over the 2014 Occupy protests. File photo: RTHK
Democracy campaigner Joshua Wong said on Friday that he, fellow activist Lester Shum, and 14 others have been told they are to be sentenced next Wednesday for ignoring a court injunction during the Occupy movement.

Wong, Shum and five others pleaded guilty to obstructing a court-ordered clearance of the Mong Kok protest site on November 26, 2014. Another nine defendants, including Raphael Wong from the League of Social Democrats, were found guilty of contempt of court.

The trial judge noted that before the activists were arrested, there had been multiple warnings from court bailiffs for protesters to leave area and their refusal to do so amounted to "a serious interference with the administration of justice".

The High Court didn't set a date for sentencing when the trial ended in October last year, because the judge was busy presiding over former Chief Executive Donald Tsang's corruption trial, which later ended with a hung jury.

A further four Occupy protesters who pleaded guilty to contempt of court have already been sentenced, receiving one-month suspended prison terms and fines of HK$10,000.

The remaining activists will find out their punishment a day after the Court of Final Appeal begins considering the jail terms handed to Wong, disqualified legislator Nathan Law and former student leader Alex Chow, over the storming of Civic Square just before Occupy started.