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Two student activists jailed along with Joshua Wong in Hong Kong moved to separate prisons

Alex Chow will go to a facility in Sai Kung, while Nathan Law is headed to Lantau Island, sources said. They were previously held at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, 1:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 3:26pm

Two of the three Hong Kong student activists jailed for between six and eight months last week were transferred to separate prisons on Tuesday after five nights at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

Prison sources said pro-democracy student leader Alex Chow Yong-kang was taken to the low-security Pik Uk Prison on Clear Water Bay Road, near Sai Kung, while ousted lawmaker Nathan Law Kwun-chung was transported to the medium-security Tong Fuk Correctional Institution on Ma Po Ping Road on Lantau Island.

At about 9.30am, Law was seen at the centre handcuffed and carrying a bag of personal belongings. He was in prison uniform and being escorted to a van with tinted windows at the car park of the Lai Chi Kok facility.

Details emerge of student activists’ first night behind bars

About an hour later, Chow emerged with his head shaved. He was handcuffed to another prisoner. They boarded a Correctional Services Department vehicle at the centre.

The Pik Uk Prison is next to the maximum security Pik Uk Correctional Institution for young remands and prisoners, where the third convicted activist, Joshua Wong Chi-fung, is serving his six-month custodial term.

The transfers were made by the Correctional Services Department’s classification and categorisation board which held a meeting on Monday.

Wong is expected to be transferred to another correctional facility after he turns 21 in October.

With good conduct in prison, inmates can see their jail terms reduced by a third, which means Wong could be a free man by December and the other two by January at the earliest.

Last Thursday, the trio were jailed by the Court of Appeal for storming the government headquarters compound at Tamar during an illegal protest that triggered the 79-day Occupy sit-ins in 2014.

Law was among four pan-democratic lawmakers stripped of their seats on July 14 by the High Court for improper oaths last October.

The other three are “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, Lau Siu-lai and Edward Yiu Chung-yim.