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Ex-assistant of ousted lawmaker Baggio Leung jailed after abandoning appeal over unlawful assembly charge

A former assistant of disqualified lawmaker Baggio Leung has abandoned efforts to appeal his unlawful assembly conviction and will thus serve four weeks in prison.

Cheung Tsz-lung was sentenced along with Leung and three others in June for participating in a chaotic episode at the legislature in 2016.

Cheung and Leung initially decided to appeal. But three others – including disqualified lawmaker Yau Wai-ching and her two assistants – completed their sentences.

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Baggio Leung at the Legislative Council storming incident on November 2, 2016. Photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP.

High Court judge Wilson Chan Ka-shun handed Cheung the four-week prison term after Cheung confirmed he would give up the appeal on Monday.

Leung told HKFP that Cheung gave up his appeal after considering the rejection of his legal aid application.

“I will carry on with my appeal, though I am still waiting for legal aid application and scheduling,” he added.

The five were charged with participating in an unlawful assembly and an alternative charge of forced entry for attempting to barge into a meeting after Yau and Leung were prevented from entering to re-take their oaths as lawmakers.

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The chaos left six security guards injured and hospitalised.

Under the Public Order Ordinance, it is an offence for three or more people to act together in a disorderly manner with the intent to cause others to fear that a breach of the peace will be committed. The offence is punishable by three years in prison on summary conviction.

Ex-assistant of ousted lawmaker Baggio Leung jailed after abandoning appeal over unlawful assembly charge