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BREAKING: Hong Kong ‘Father of Democracy’ Martin Lee handed 2 year suspended jail sentence over peaceful 2019 demo

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Hong Kong’s “Father of Democracy” Martin Lee was handed a jail sentence of 11 months, suspended for 24 months on Friday for organising and participating in an unauthorised assembly in 2019, whilst pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai received 12 months behind bars.

Lee, the founder of the Democratic Party, was among nine democrats convicted of organising and participating in a unauthorised protest on August 18, 2019, where thousands of demonstrators gathered in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and marched peacefully to Chater Road in Central.

Veteran politician and barrister Martin Lee outside the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on April 16, 2021 as he faces sentencing for organising and participating in an unauthorised assembly in 2019. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

The 82-year-old appeared in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts alongside Vice-chair of the Labour Party and ex-lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, who received 12 months behind bars. Other ex-lawmakers who were jailed immediately include Leung Kwok-hung, who faces 18 months in prison, Cyd Ho who received eight months and Au Nok-hin, who was handed 10 month behind bars.

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