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Hong Kong activist jailed for burning Chinese flag

Published on Feb 8, 2013 4:09 PM
 
In this file photo taken on Aug 17, 2012, Koo Sze Yiu (left), cheers with a group of Chinese activists who went to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, as they arrive at the Hong Kong airport. Koo has been jailed for nine months for burning both the Chinese and city flags during anti-Beijing protests, court officials said on Friday, Feb 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - A prominent Hong Kong political activist has been jailed for nine months for burning both the Chinese and city flags during anti-Beijing protests, court officials said on Friday.

Pro-democracy campaigner Koo Sze Yiu was sentenced by a magistrate's court on Thursday on four charges - three of desecrating the national Chinese flag and a fourth of desecrating the Hong Kong flag, a judiciary spokeswoman told AFP.

"When I am released, I will do this again," Koo told the court, according to the South China Morning Post.

Koo said he burnt the national and regional flags because he was unhappy with the regime in mainland China, which he claims killed Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, and over the jailing of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the SCMP reported.

 
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