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Study the court ruling closely, CE hits back

2018-02-07 HKT 12:23
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Wendy Wong reports
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has urged opposition lawmakers to study the court judgement in detail before criticising the Department of Justice over its move to seek harsher sentences for Occupy leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow.

Lam also issued a sharp retort to lawmaker Ted Hui who raised the matter, saying maybe he could read the judgement in detail being as it is available in Chinese as well as English.

Wong, Law and Chow on Tuesday won their appeal against the prison terms they were given over the storming of Civic Square at Tamar in 2014.

This prompted Hui to ask the CE if the Department of Justice was wrong to appeal against the non-custodial punishments originally handed down by a magistrates' court.

Lam denied this and pointed out that the Court of Final Appeal had agreed that a jail sentence should be imposed on protesters who use violence during a large-scale assembly.

She urged the non-establishment lawmakers not to take a simplistic view of the judgement, but study it in detail.

"The ruling yesterday was in English and Chinese, so you could read the Chinese version," she told Hui.