Pair jailed over obscene images of leaders
Two men who distributed leaflets with mocked-up images depicting state leaders and Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen having sex with local female performers to make a political statement were sent to jail yesterday.
Yip Chi-wai and Wong Chun-kit were found guilty of possessing and distributing obscene articles.
Magistrate William Lam Kui-po rejected their defence that they had been exercising their right to freedom of speech under the Basic Law. Yip was jailed for eight months, Wong for three.
The Obscene Articles Tribunal had earlier determined the leaflets to be obscene.
Yip, the mastermind, acted to 'scoff at the government' after his mainlander wife was denied right of abode, Eastern Court was told.
In the leaflets handed out near the Bank of China Tower in Garden Road last February 16, the cut-out heads of leaders, including Mr Tsang, President Hu Jintao , Premier Wen Jiabao , Vice-President Zeng Qinghong and US President George W.Bush, were attached to nude bodies and animals from photographs and cartoons.
Among the images on the cover was one of Mr Tsang's head attached to the body of a dog.
The images depicting the leaders having sex were on the centre page.
The pair, who represented themselves, chose not to testify.
Yip, 44 and unemployed, who lives with his two sons, alleged police bowed to political pressure in the investigation.
Convicting them, The magistrate said freedom of speech was not an absolute right.
'One has to balance whether it was exercised reasonably or not,' he said.
'The obscenity is not very shocking ... but the insult is nevertheless great.'