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Occupy sentences OK say officials

Local | Amy Nip May 16, 2019
<p>The Department of Justice will not appeal against the sentences for convicted Occupy leaders.</p><p>&quot;Having considered all the circumstances of the case and principles set out in the prosecution code, it is considered there is insufficient legal basis to suggest that the sentences imposed by the judge were manifestly inadequate or wrong in principle,&quot; a department spokesman said yesterday. &quot;No application for review of the sentences imposed is therefore warranted.&quot;</p><p>This came after the department received on May 9 the notices of application for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence from Occupy co-founders Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming as well as from legislator Shiu Ka-chun, former student leader Cheung Sau-yin and League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Raphael Wong Ho-ming.</p><p>The Occupy cofounders were convicted of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance for their roles in the 79-day pro-democracy movement in 2014. Tai and Chan were found guilty of inciting others to cause a public nuisance, but Chu was acquitted.</p><p>Tai and Chan are currently serving 16-month sentences in Shek Pik and Pik Uk prisons respectively.</p><p>Chu was spared jail with his 16-month sentence suspended for two years due to his age and previous contribution to society. Legislator Shiu and activist Wong were sentenced to eight months&#39; imprisonment on two public nuisance charges. Both are in Stanley Prison.</p><p>Lee Wing-tat, a former lawmaker, was given an eight-month term suspended for two years.</p><p>Former student leaders Cheung and Eason Chung Yiu-wa were sentenced to 200 hours of community service and suspended sentences of eight months&#39; imprisonment due to their ages in 2014.</p><p>Ninth defendant and legislator Tanya Chan had her sentencing postponed to June 10 due to a medical condition. She was convicted on two counts of incitement.</p><p>Her lawyer revealed that Chan had a brain tumor and needed urgent surgery.</p><p>The surgery was done a week ago and she was discharged from St Teresa&#39;s Hospital on Tuesday.</p><p>The tumor was found to be benign.</p><p>amy.nip@singtaonewscorp.com</p>


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