Three prominent pro-democracy student leaders who stormed government buildings in the run-up to the Occupy protests of 2014 were jailed for between six and eight months on Thursday, and therefore face a five-year ban from public office, as the government won its bid for harsher punishments.
The prison terms replaced the community service orders initially meted out to Demosisto leaders Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Nathan Law Kwun-chung, as well as the suspended three-week jail sentence for former student union chief Alex Chow Yong-kang.
Wong was sentenced to six months, Law to eight and Chow to seven. Those sentences mean all three will be disqualified from running for a Legislative Council seat for five years. Wong previously applied for a judicial review to lower the minimum age requirement so he could stand for Legco, and Law was booted from his Legco seat last month for taking his oath badly.