HK Occupy student leaders back in court for pre-trial hearing
|HK Occupy student leaders back in court for pre-trial hearing|
HONG KONG: Three Occupy Central student leaders are back in court on Friday (Oct 30) for a pre-trial hearing. The trio are charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly and inciting others to do so last September.
The student leaders are being charged for offences that took place just a day or two before the Occupy Central protests got into full swing at the Central Government Offices in Admiralty last year.
Scholarism's Joshua Wong, 18, faces two charges - taking part in an unlawful assembly and inciting others to do so on Sep 26 and 27. As he is under 21 years of age, Wong would more likely be required to perform community service or go to a youth correction centre, if found guilty.
Former Secretary General of the Federation of Students, Alex Chow, faces one count of taking part in the unlawful assembly on both days, while his successor, Nathan Law, faces one charge of inciting others to take part.
They could face a maximum of two years in prison. All three have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The protests outside the government headquarters last September was a response by democracy activists to Beijing's conservative framework for universal suffrage for the city. The electoral reform bill was later voted down by pan-democratic legislators in parliament.