Hong Kong Court Finds 14 Hong Kong Democrats Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Subversion

The panel of three national security judges found 14 Hong Kong Democrats guilty, while two were acquitted of conspiracy to commit subversion.

Lawrence Lai and Lee Yue-shun became the first two acquittals tried under the 2020 Hong Kong National Security Law. However, the Director of Public Prosecutions extended the bail conditions for both individuals pending a possible appeal from authorities.

Authorities took the 14 individuals into custody after the ruling, and they now face a sentencing hearing at a later date. The judges could give them a sentence of three years to life in prison, depending on their role.

The 16 were part of the Hong Kong 47: the 47 pro-democracy activists city authorities arrested in January 2021 due to their role in unofficial primaries held to determine which candidates to put forward to gain a majority in that year’s Legislative Council election.