Former Hong Kong student leader jailed for 9 months for resisting police and perverting course of justice

Former Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) students’ union president Keith Fong has been jailed for nine months for resisting police and perverting the course of justice, in a case linked to his purchase of 10 laser pointers during the 2019 protests.

The District Court on Thursday passed sentence on Fong, who has been in custody since early February after he was convicted of the two offences. Judge Douglas Yau rejected the defence’s suggestions of a fine and a suspended sentence, saying only immediate imprisonment could reflect the seriousness of the crimes.

Former president of the Hong Kong Baptist University student union Keith Fong photographed outside the District Court on December 6, 2021.

Fong was arrested on August 6, 2019 by off-duty officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau who were shopping on Apliu Street in Sham Shui Po when they “coincidentally” saw him buying laser pointers from a hawker, according to police testimony during the trial last December.

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