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Democracy activist and ex-lawmaker Nathan Law files appeal over jail sentence

Democracy activist and ex-lawmaker Nathan Law has filed an appeal against the sentence review that handed him a eight-month jail term last month.

The Department of Justice told HKFP that it received the Notice of Motion filed by Law on Monday. A spokesperson said Law “seeks a certificate from the Court of Appeal that a point of law of great and general importance is involved in the decision of the case.”

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Nathan Law. File photo: In-Media.

Fellow defendant Alex Chow has also filed an appeal, but Joshua Wong, who was given six months behind bars, has yet to do so.

The activists were sentenced to six to eight months in jail last month by the Court of Appeal over their participation in the Civic Square clashes that led to the 2014 Occupy protests.

Last year, Law was found guilty of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly by the Magistrates Court. He was initially given a community service sentence, which he already served.

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Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow met the press and supporters after the hearing. Photo: HKFP/Ellie Ng.

However, the Department of Justice filed a sentence review pushing for harsher punishment, citing the need for “deterrence.”

Law was elected to the Legislative Council last September at the age of 23, making him the youngest-ever lawmaker in the city’s history. However, the court disqualified him over his oath-taking in July.

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Democracy activist and ex-lawmaker Nathan Law files appeal over jail sentence