Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog on Monday charged a singer and distinguished pro-democracy activist, Anthony Wong, with “corrupt conduct” at a 2018 election rally, the newest authorized motion towards dissent by authorities within the Chinese-ruled metropolis.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) mentioned in a press release that Wong had offered “leisure to induce others to vote” for pro-democracy activist Au Nok-hin in a 2018 legislative council by-election.
“At the rally, Wong carried out two songs on stage. At the top of the efficiency, he appealed to the contributors of the rally to vote for Au on the election,” the ICAC wrote, including he had breached the Elections Corrupt and Illegal Conduct Ordinance.
If convicted, he might be jailed for as much as seven years and fined HK$500,000 ($64,000), the ordinance says.
Wong, 59, who first got here into the general public limelight with pop duo, Tat Ming Pair, within the Nineteen Eighties, couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Au, who went on to win the election, was additionally charged. Both are on account of seem in court docket on Thursday to plea.
Au was not out there for remark. He was jailed for 10 months jail in April for organising an unauthorised meeting.
Au was additionally arrested with 46 different distinguished democrats this 12 months for alleged conspiracy to commit subversion underneath a sweeping nationwide safety legislation launched in June final 12 months to outlaw secession, subversion, terrorism and overseas collusion.
Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed authorities says the pro-democracy protests threatened stability within the former British colony and the motion taken towards numerous individuals since then is critical to uphold the legislation.
A well-liked songwriter recognized for his poignant lyrics, Wong was a powerful supporter of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella” motion and the 2019 anti-China protests. He can be a vocal advocate of LGBT rights.
During the efficiency for Au in 2018, based on a video of it posted on Au’s Facebook web page, Wong had advised the viewers earlier than singing “A forbidden fruit per day”:
“This track is about selection, whether or not society has a selection.”
Over the previous 12 months, lots of the metropolis’s main democrats have been detained, jailed or pressured into exile.
A serious pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, closed in June after a number of of its senior editors have been arrested on nationwide safety grounds.
Last Friday, Tong Ying-kit, the primary individual convicted underneath the safety legislation was sentenced by a panel of three judges to 9 years in jail for terrorism and inciting secession.
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