Hong Kong Law & Crime Politics & Protest

Activist Raphael Wong completes Umbrella Movement prison sentence; released on bail ahead of land protest appeal

League of Social Democrats Vice-Chairman Raphael Wong has been released from prison after completing a jail sentence for a case relating to the pro-democracy Occupy protests. He was then released on bail over another protest case relating to land rights.

Wong received a four-and-a-half month jail sentence in January for contempt after failing to comply with an injunction to clear the 2014 Umbrella Movement protest site in Mong Kok. He has completed the sentence on Monday.

Last year, he was also sentenced to 13 months in jail for his involvement in the Northeast New Territories development plan demonstrations outside the legislature. The Court of Final Appeal granted leave to 13 protesters involved in clashes last month including Wong, thus he was released on bail on Monday.

Raphael Wong

Raphael Wong. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The final appeal will be heard on September 7.

Wong was released with a HK$10,000 bail and has to surrender his travel documents.

Wong requested approval for him to attend an academic forum on retirement pension schemes and social welfare in Taiwan in July, but it was rejected.

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Protesters involved in the Northeast New Territories development plan demonstrations. Photo: In-Media.

The prosecution voiced its opposition to the application as Hong Kong and Taiwan do not have an extradition treaty and Wong could potentially flee.

Judge Robert Ribeiro rejected the application. He said that all 12 others who were granted jail were not allowed to leave Hong Kong, and Wong should not enjoy special treatment.

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Activist Raphael Wong completes Umbrella Movement prison sentence; released on bail ahead of land protest appeal