Avery Ng spared jail over violence outside liaison office

Local | 11 Sep 2019 1:05 pm

The chairman of the League of Social Democrats, Avery Ng Man-yuen, who was found guilty in May of two counts of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly outside the Beijing liaison office nearly three years ago, was today sentenced to 14 days of imprisonment, suspended for one year at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts.

He was accused of inciting people to challenge a police cordon outside the liaison office during a protest in November 2016 against Beijing's interpretation of Article 104 on lawmakers' oath-taking.

Magistrate Peony Wong said she considered it is appropriate to give a suspended jail sentence to Ng even though he led the protest as no one was injured and no property was damaged, RTHK reports.

The magistrate said Lam had charged towards police barricades with 30 other protesters. She said a suspended jail sentence was needed although Lam pleaded guilty to the illegal assembly charge.

She also gave Cheng Pui-lun, a former president of Lingnan University’s student union, a two-week suspended jail term for taking part in the unauthorized protest.

Ng was among eight activists who either pleaded guilty or were convicted of charges including taking part in an unlawful assembly and obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

Demosisto's Ivan Lam Long-yin received the same sentence as Ng.

Others were ordered to perform between 60 and 100 hours of community service.

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