Chung had entered into a plea deal, pleaded not guilty to one count of alienation and one count of money laundering, and pleaded not guilty to one count of treason and another of money laundering.
The petition sought a reduction of 25 per cent in his sentence, 40 months for isolation and 18 months for money laundering. Only three months of the latter would be given separately, resulting in a total sentence of 43 months.
“He actively organized, planned and implemented activities to tear the country apart,” District Court Judge Stanley Chan said.
Prosecutor Evan Cheung has said that the defendant acted as an administrator for the Facebook pages of the American branch of StudentLocalism and an organization called the Initiative Independence Party.
Prosecutors said pro-independence T-shirts, flags and books were also seized from his home. The money laundering allegation was related to donations he received through PayPal.
Like other anti-government organizations, studentism was disbanded in June 2020 before Beijing enacted a security law that would have given it a life sentence for sabotage, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Is. Is.
The majority of Hong Kong people do not support independence, but any mention of this idea is a curse for Beijing.
Since the enforcement of the security law, Hong Kong has taken a sharply authoritarian turn, with most democratic politicians now in prison or self-imposed exile. Dozens of civil society organizations have been destroyed and some international rights groups have left the city.
Chinese and Hong Kong officials deny security legislation that tramples on individual rights and say the law was necessary to restore stability after massive street protests in 2019.
The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise of a high degree of autonomy. Democracy activists and some Western governments say China has broken that promise – a charge Beijing vehemently denies.