47 Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists to Go on Trial

The conspiracy to subversion case of 47 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists had reached the High Court on Tuesday after a 15-month pre-trial procedure.

Principal Magistrate Peter Law, one of the judges assigned to the case, sent all 47 defendants to trial after the Wednesday hearing ended on Tuesday. 

Most of the 47 defendants remained in custody after being denied bail during the 15-month pre-trial. The defendants included reformists and radical localists aged 24 to 66 working in public office, unions, academes, and others.

In March 2021, the Hong Kong police charged the pro-democracy activists with subversion under the Beijing-imposed security law for conducting pre-elections to choose an opposition candidate for the Legislative Council elections in September 2021.

The security law includes subversion as one of the four major crimes with a maximum life sentence in prison.

The 47 defendants comprised the largest group in a case under the security law.

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