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Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 13:20

Ex-lawmaker gets two-week jail for assaulting CE

By Dara Wang

Ex-lawmaker gets two-week jail for assaulting CE
Ex-lawmaker Wong Yuk-man leaves the Eastern Magistrates' Court on Oct 25, 2016 after being set free on bail. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Former radical legislator Wong Yuk-man on Tuesday was sentenced to a two-week imprisonment in Eastern Magistrates’ Court for throwing a glass at the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting in 2014.

In passing down the sentence, Magistrate Chu Chung-keung said Wong's conduct was “violent and uncivilized” and the court must not allow any act of violence.

Magistrate Chu Chung-keung said former radical legislator Wong Yuk-man's conduct was “violent and uncivilized”

The magistrate stressed that Wong, as a public figure and then a legislator, has caused negative impact to society for his rude act in LegCo.

The two-week imprisonment is the punishment to Wong and an alert to others, the magistrate said.

Wong, 63, was convicted of common assault earlier for hurling a glass at Leung during a question-and-answer session in LegCo on July 3, 2014.

The case marked many firsts, including the city’s first testimony by a serving chief executive and the first conviction of lawmakers protesting during the legislature’s meeting. Leung, in his unprecedented testimony, said he was frozen and shocked by the noise of the shattering glass behind him.

Chu, in the sentence, referred to the case of a radical protestor Chan Tak-cheung who threw an egg at Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah in 2013 and was sentenced to three-week imprisonment.

Wong is currently on bail of HK$5,000, waiting for appeal.

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