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Department of Justice seeks immediate jail terms for Occupy activists

The Department of Justice is seeking a review of the sentences for activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-Chung, and Alex Chow Yong-kang, saying that they “do not feel true remorse” for their deeds.

According to a Facebook post by Wong, he was given a copy of the department’s skeleton argument for the sentence review hearing, scheduled to take place next Wednesday.

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The skeleton argument from the Department of Justice. Photo: Joshua Wong via Facebook.

The department said in the document that “the nature of the crime in this case is extremely serious” and that “as the accused do not feel true remorse, awarding a sentence of community service is wrong on principle and clearly not enough.”

“There are also no special conditions allowing for a suspended sentence, so immediate imprisonment is the only suitable sentence,” it added.

Wong was sentenced to a community service order of 80 hours at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court earlier this month while Law received a community service order of 120 hours. Chow was given a three week jail sentence with a one year suspension after the trio stormed Admiralty’s Civic Square in 2014.

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From left to right: Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow. Photo: Joshua Wong via Facebook.

The storming of the square led to dozens of arrests of protesters inside the square with police later using tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters. A 79-day protest occupying a main road in Hong Kong then ensued.

The review of the sentencing will take place next Wednesday. Wong said that he “hoped that people will keep following [the case].”

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Department of Justice seeks immediate jail terms for Occupy activists