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Joshua Wong supporter accused of assaulting policeman outside court

Former university lecturer was among a crowd who turned up to see the pro-democracy student leader off to prison, after Wong was jailed along with Nathan Law and Alex Chow

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 October, 2017, 3:50pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 October, 2017, 9:56pm

A former university lecturer was accused on Wednesday of assaulting a policeman outside a Hong Kong court while protesters saw pro-democracy student leaders off to prison in August.

Prosecutors alleged at Eastern Court that Wong Sum-lung, 40, assaulted Sergeant Tam Tsz-chung as the officer did his job outside the High Court on August 17.

The jailed men were Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang.

That day, the Court of Appeal replaced the student activists’ non-custodial sentences with jail terms ranging from six to eight months. Its three judges found their earlier punishments inadequate.

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The ruling drew hundreds of pro-democracy activists and supporters to see the student leaders off to jail, cheering and chanting support whenever a prison van left the court building at Admiralty.

The trio have since appealed against the sentences, with a hearing for leave to appeal set for November 7 at the Court of Final Appeal.

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Joshua Wong, 21, and Law, 24, were on Tuesday released on bail pending the appeal.

On Wednesday, Wong Sum-lung was not required to plead on one count of assaulting a police officer, in his first appearance before Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai.

His case was adjourned to November 27, pending some documents and further legal advice.