South China Morning Post
Six Hong Kong opposition figures have been remanded in custody ahead of their sentencing next week for organising an unauthorised protest on National Day amid the anti-government movement in 2019. District Judge Amanda Woodcock’s ruling on Tuesday came a day after the group pleaded guilty to one count of organising an authorised assembly, alongside four co-defendants – media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying among them – already remanded over separate convictions or alleged offences. Woodcock will hear mitigation next Monday and sentence all 10 defendants on May 28.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Prosecutor Priscilia Lam Tsz-ying had asked the District Court to revoke the six defendants’ bail following their convictions. The six are Democrats Albert Ho Chun-yan, Sin Chung-kai and Yeung Sum; Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China; and League of Social Democrats members Avery Ng Man-yuen and Figo Chan Ho-wun. Chan, 25, is the youngest defendant in this case and convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, the group behind the annual July 1 protest, which coincides with the anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China in 1997. Together with Ho, alliance chairman Lee Cheuk-yan and ousted lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, Chan also pleaded guilty to one count of inciting others to take part in an unauthorised assembly. Tsoi and Ng admitted to knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly. Freezing of media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s assets ‘nothing to do with press freedom’ Lai, the 73-year-old founder of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily, is already serving a 14-month sentence for his role in two unauthorised assemblies in August 2019, and faces a raft of other charges including ones related to the national security law. Leung, Lee and his Labour Party colleague Cyd Ho Sau-lan are also serving jail terms over similar charges stemming from the August 2019 protests.This article Hong Kong protests: six opposition figures remanded in custody ahead of sentencing for 2019 National Day rally first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.