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The Umbrella Movement 9, arrested 27 March 2017 on ‘inciting public nuisance’ charges; from left to right: Chu Yiu-ming, Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai, Lee Wing-tat, Shiu Ka-chun, Tanya Chan, Raphael Wong, Tommy Cheung, Eason Chung

Overview of prosecutions and lawsuits brought by the Hong Kong government against pro-democracy leaders

Below is a list of the cases, followed by a table. Related updates can be found here, here and here, and a related articles here. This article was originally published in August 2017 and has been updated periodically since then. As of May 2018, it will no longer be updated. The most up-to-date information on the cases mentioned here can be found here.

Related to the Umbrella Movement, September to December 2014

· Joshua Wong, secretary general of Demosisto, former convenor of Scholarism (convicted of unlawful assembly, sentenced to community service, govt appealed sentence on 9 August, on 17 August the Court of Appeal of the High Court sentenced him to 7 months in prison; acquitted of inciting unlawful assembly. He is appealing the prison sentence. On 24 October, he was granted bail. On 7 November, the Court of Final Appeal accepted his application to appeal. The appeal hearing was held on 16 January. On 6 February, the Court of Final Appeal overturned the prison sentence but upheld new tougher sentencing guidelines by the Court of Appeal which could lead to heavier prison sentences for protesters in future.)

Related to other demonstrations or political expressions

· Joshua Wong, secretary general of Demosisto, former convenor of Scholarism (acquitted of obstructing police for June 2014 protest at Liaison Office against White Paper on HK)

Related to other political activity

· Leung Kwok-hung / Long Hair, former Legco member, former chair of League of Social Democrats (acquitted of misconduct in public office on 31 July over alleged failure to declare HK$250,000 donation from Jimmy Lai, trial began 5 June and Long Hair denied the charges, trial ended 16 June, government has announced it won’t appeal)

6 lawsuits at High Court to disqualify elected Legislative Council members over October 2016 oath-taking

· Baggio Leung, Legco member until evicted, convenor of Youngspiration (disqualified; on 25 Aug, Court of Final Appeal refused to hear his appeal)

1 lawsuit brought by Chief Executive

· Kenneth Leung, Legco member representing Accountancy functional constituency, vice-chair of Professional Commons (for defamation of CE, yet to go to trial)

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