Verdicts loom for Hong Kong student leader Wong

May 13, 2016 7:57 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was in court Friday for the last day of a trial over pro-democracy protests, as he faces two imminent verdicts and a possible prison sentence.

Joshua Wong
Joshua Wong

Teenage Wong was at the forefront of mass rallies in 2014 which brought parts of the semi-autonomous city to a standstill as residents called on Beijing to allow fully free elections for future leaders.

He has been in and out of court hearings for the past year after being charged with multiple offences linked to protests leading up to what became known as the “Umbrella Movement”.

Wong, now 19, has always argued that the cases against him are political persecution.

Friday saw final arguments in a case where Wong and two other young protest leaders were charged over climbing into a Hong Kong government complex forecourt known as Civic Square on September 26, 2014. Read More

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