Their acquittal on a count of contempt is greeted with thunderous applause Pro-democracy activists Leung Kwok-hung and Koo Sze-yiu were acquitted of contempt yesterday by a magistrate who said the wrong law had been used to prosecute them. The unexpected verdict was greeted with thunderous applause from a courtroom packed with supporters of the veteran April 5th Action Group activists and cheers for Western Court magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming, who tried in vain to bring order to the court. Mr Yuen said the facts of what happened in Legco in February this year, when the National Security Bill was discussed, were clear: there was no dispute that Leung, also known as 'Long Hair', and Koo were involved. Mr Leung and Mr Koo yelled from the public gallery and had to be dragged away by security guards as a series of disruptions by a number of people marred the bill's first reading. Mr Yuen also said the fact that the disruption of Legco proceedings was brief was no defence, as claimed by Mr Leung. But he said the law used to charge Mr Leung and Mr Koo - Section 17c of the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance - was the incorrect one. 'Section 17c does not apply to these defendants as they were members of the public and not people summoned by the Legislative Council to testify,' the magistrate said. 'They should have been charged under Section 8 of the law.' The maximum penalty for breaching Section 17 is a $10,000 fine or 12 months' imprisonment, compared with $2,000 or three months' jail under Section 8, Mr Yuen said before acquitting them. Mr Leung and Mr Koo had each spent more than half an hour making their final submissions in the form of a list of grievances against the administration of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Mr Leung also accused the Department of Justice of selective prosecution in singling out only himself and Mr Koo, when Legco proceedings had been disturbed by 'tens of thousands of people on July 9', the day the National Security Bill was due to be passed. Outside court, Mr Leung, whose candidacy in the forthcoming district council elections could have been jeopardised by a jail term, said justice had been done. 'The Tung administration abused its authority to get legislation on Article 23 of the Basic Law into Legco - that was contempt of Legco,' Mr Leung said. 'Those who were elected in functional constituencies and support the government unconditionally - they are guilty of contempt of Legco.'