Joshua Wong challenges election ban on 'political prisoners'

Local | 14 Nov 2017 2:35 pm

Demosisto leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung, who is freed on bail, today applied for a judicial review of the five-year ban on running for the legislative council on those jailed for more than three months.

Party member Ivan Lam Long-yin also joined him in applying for the judicial review.

Speaking outside the High Court, Wong said the "unreasonable” regulation restricted political prisoners like him from running for office.

"As we know that according to the election law in the commonwealth system, like Canada or Australia, all of the politicians, even they have been put in prison and after they are released, they still get the chance to run for office.”

Wong, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang, had been granted leave to appeal their jail sentences for illegal protests at the Tamar government headquarters in 2014 which led to the 79-day Occupy movement.

They were sentenced to jail by the Court of Appeal in August after the Department of Justice appealed against non-custodial sentences.

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