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Hong Kong orders prison time for pro-democracy activists

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/17/17, 08:42 am

A Hong Kong court on Thursday overturned an earlier sentence it deemed too lenient and sentenced Joshua Wong and two other pro-democracy activists to prison. A lower court sentenced Wong and Nathan Law last year to community service and gave the third activist, Alex Chow, a suspended, three-week prison sentence. The three students were found guilty of leading the 2014 rally that launched the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. But a three-judge panel today decided to stiffen the sentence after the Hong Kong government appealed it as too light.

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Hong Kong activist arrested over false torture claim

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/17, 11:04 am

Hong Kong police on Tuesday said they arrested a pro-democracy activist on suspicion of providing false information after he announced last week that mainland Chinese agents had abducted him and stapled his legs. Howard Lam told reporters on Friday his abductors punctured his legs with staples arranged like crosses after asking him if he was a Christian. He said they eventually dumped him on a beach. Police became suspicious after they began investigating and checked surveillance footage from cameras in the area.

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Supporter of Chinese dissident kidnapped, tortured

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/11/17, 10:22 am

A member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party said Mandarin-speaking law enforcement officers abducted him and stapled crosses on his legs before dumping him on a beach. Howard Lam told reporters Friday that his attackers struck his head, seized his phone, and made him smell something before he lost consciousness. His captors held him for up to nine hours, during which they beat and interrogated him, Lam said. He also received 21 staples into his skin in the form of crosses after one of the men asked him whether he was a Christian.

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