The five-member Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal on Tuesday unanimously reversed the August 2017 order sentencing the pro-democracy 2014 Umbrella Movement protesters Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, quashing their sentences and setting them free.
In July 2016, Wong and Chow were found guilty of participating in an unlawful assembly contrary to § 18 of the Public Order Ordinance, Cap 245, while Law was found guilty of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly. Wong and Law were sentenced to 80 hours and 120 hours of community service, respectively, while Chow was sentenced to three weeks imprisonment suspended for one year. Finding the punishment to be inadequate, the Court of Appeal, upon petition for review from the Secretary of Justice, increased those sentences in October 2016 to six, eight and seven months for Wong, Law, and Chow, respectively.
The court quashed the increased sentences Tuesday finding that the Court of Appeal exceeded its authority in ascribing “a different weight to a factor properly taken into account by the sentencing judge in arriving at a sentence that is otherwise within the range of sentences appropriate for the offence.”
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