Hong Kong – The Hong Kong court found that the leaders of the pro-democracy protests of the umbrella movement in 2014 were charged with incitement and conspiracy for their role in mass protests.
Co-Founders of the Protest "Take central" – Rev. Chu Yimen, 75, Professor of Law Benny Thai, 54, retired Chan Kin-man, 60 years old.
The group included the sessions of legislators, professors, student activists and religious leaders. who played a key role in holding a 79-day protest of democracy
A verdict by a judge of the Supreme Court on Tuesday means that each of the nine has a maximum sentence of seven years in a charge for allegations that they consider politically motivated .
The sentencing was postponed until Wednesday, as many accused persons presented a sampler ash proof.
All nine of the accused denied the allegations, arguing that they should not be prosecuted based on the statements they made. The trio was found guilty of conspiracy to cause social trouble. Tai and Chan are also sentenced to incite others to cause social trouble.
The trio was quiet on the dock, as the verdict was read out in a packed court room.
Johnny Chan noted that, although the concept of civil disobedience "is recognized in Hong Kong," it is not a defense against criminal prosecution.
an undesirable effect of curtailing or suppressing civil disobedience at the stage of its formation or suppression of human rights, according to defendants, "reads the summary.
Prosecutors relied on interviews in the media to to create his case, including a press conference in 201
is called "a public manifestation" of the conspiracy of activists for the commission of crimes by prosecutors.
The verdict was called " the most symbolic " recent years, Samson Yuen, Associate Professor of Political Science University of Hong Kong Linnan.
"I think it really shows how conservative is the Hong Kong courts, he said. Yong, who conducts research on political participation and activism in Hong Kong.
"Because they do not seem to accept civil disobedience as an excuse."
Jun noted that, although he was not surprised by the decision on three co-founders, he was shocked that the other six – who, according to him, had little role in the protests – were convicted.
"The regulation serves as a message that anyone who was there can be found guilty."
He added that activists would have a "bigger" political expense to pay by participating in social movements in the future, even if they are not leading figures.
Thai, speaking earlier to Reuters, said that he would continue the struggle for full democracy. "The reason we committed civil disobedience is that we want justice for the people of Hong Kong."