The Straits Times
Published on Dec 24, 2012

Hong Kong activist Avery Ng may face jail over anti-Hu protest


HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist appeared in court today and could face jail after he allegedly threw a t-shirt at Chinese President Hu Jintao's motorcade earlier this year.

Avery Ng from the League of Social Democrats party was charged with causing public nuisance and was bailed pending a hearing in February next year after pleading not guilty.

Ng, who is vice-chairman of the party, faces up to two years in jail if found guilty of the offence, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper.

"This is an abuse of the judiciary system," Ng said after the hearing at a magistrate's court, labelling the case a "political persecution".