April 10, 2019
The nine leading activists of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement will receive their sentences on April 24, the court ruled on Wednesday.
District court Judge Johnny Chan said the court needed 14 days to obtain reports on defendant Tommy Cheung, including a report on whether he is suitable for community service.
In the meantime, all nine had their bail extended and were allowed to leave.
On Tuesday, each of the nine activists was found guilty of public nuisance charges in relation to the 79-day protests in 2014, and could now face up to seven years behind bars.
The Umbrella Movement was the biggest pro-democracy protest in the city’s history, during which thousands occupied Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay from September to December of 2014.
Defence lawyers made arguments on sentencing on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, with some asking the court to refrain from imposing immediate jail terms. The court should consider community service orders or suspended sentences instead, they suggested.
Most of the activists also submitted personal statements to the court, some of which were read out in Cantonese.