BREAKING: Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker convicted of contempt at retrial after snatching official’s files

A former pro-democracy lawmaker was convicted of contempt under the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance on Tuesday by a Hong Kong magistrate following a Court of Final Appeal decision and a retrial.

Former chairperson of the League of Social Democrats “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung was found guilty after snatching a folder from then-under secretary for development Eric Ma’s desk during a Legislative Council (LegCo) session in 2016. He stood before Principal Magistrate Ada Yim at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts.

Leung Kwok-hung. File photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP.

The magistrate said that Leung intended to disrupt the order of the meeting, and whether Leung had scared officials, or whether the documents snatched were confidential, were not key to the case.

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