A lawsuit filed against ‘Father Of Democracy’ Martin Lee, Jimmy Lai and others over protests event in Hong Kong in 2019, AFP reported. Seven people have been convicted on that charge.
A court in West Kowloon, Hong Kong, announced the verdict on Thursday. The sentence will be announced on the next date of the case. Convicts could face up to five years in prison.
The top seven pro-democracy leaders have been convicted of illegal protest in Hong Kong two years ago. Among them are a veteran lawyer and a media mogul, known as the ‘father of democracy’.
Analysts say the imprisonment of a figure like Martin Lee means that dissidents no longer have a place in Hong Kong.
But there is controversy surrounding Martin Lee. He is about 82 years old. Martin has long been involved in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
However, there are also allegations against him that he spoke in a relatively soft tone against the Chinese authorities. He was once invited by Beijing to assist in the drafting of Hong Kong’s constitution. But now Martin Lee may have to go to jail at the behest of Beijing.
At one point, Chinese authorities branded Martin Lee a “traitor.” Lee has always opposed political violence. He also criticized the violent behavior of protesters in Hong Kong demanding democracy.
Martin Lee was arrested last year. At the time of his arrest, he said, ‘Finally I am going to be the accused. How do I feel? I’m quite relieved.
For many years, for many months, countless good young people have been arrested and charges have been framed against them. But I was not arrested. I was very sad. ‘