Hong Kong democracy activists granted bail by highest court

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 10:21 PM

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's highest court on Tuesday granted bail to two prominent young democracy activists, Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, who were jailed for unlawful assembly linked to the city's large-scale pro-democracy protests in 2014.

Hong Kong's appeals court in August jailed Wong, Law and Alex Chow, leaders of the Chinese-ruled city's democracy movement, dealing a blow to the youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference.

Hong Kong's Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma, who heads the Court of Final Appeal, granted Wong and Law bail while they appeal their six month and eight month jail terms respectively, saying there was no flight risk.

Chow had not applied for bail.

The imprisonment of Wong, Chow and Law for their roles in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests triggered tens of thousands to demonstrate locally, as well as an international outcry.

(Reporting by James Pomfret; Editing by Michael Perry)