3 Occupy Central leaders convicted

Pro-democracy activists (from left) Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow leaving the court in Hong Kong yesterday. Wong and Chow were found guilty of unlawful assembly, while Law, who is hoping to win a seat in the legislature in the September elect
Pro-democracy activists (from left) Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow leaving the court in Hong Kong yesterday. Wong and Chow were found guilty of unlawful assembly, while Law, who is hoping to win a seat in the legislature in the September elections, was found guilty of inciting people to take part in an assembly.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Three leaders of Hong Kong's massive student-led demonstrations in 2014 have been found guilty of charges stemming from their roles in events that set off 79 days of defiant street protests for free elections in the self- governing Chinese territory last year.

Joshua Wong, 19, the bespectacled public face of the demonstrations, was found guilty yesterday of unlawful assembly, as was a fellow student leader, Alex Chow, 25.

Nathan Law, 23, who is seeking to win a seat in the legislature in the September elections, was found guilty of inciting people to take part in an assembly, a charge on which Wong was acquitted.

Judge June Cheung released the three men on bail until their sentencing, set for Aug 15.

They face a maximum of two years' jail, though the ultimate punishment may be considerably lighter; the judge is seeking a report from probation officers on whether community service might be a suitable alternative.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2016, with the headline '3 Occupy Central leaders convicted'. Print Edition | Subscribe