China News Agency, Hong Kong, April 24. A 21-year-old man in Hong Kong was originally sentenced to a 200-hour social service order for insulting the national flag in 2019. The Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government applied for a review of the sentence. The Court of Appeal of the Hong Kong High Court said on the 24th that the defendant had behaved badly by insulting the national flag and sentenced the defendant to 20 days in prison. This is the first sentence in Hong Kong for insulting the national flag.
When applying for an appeal, the Department of Justice stated that the original magistrate underestimated the seriousness of the case when sentencing and did not consider that the sentence must be deterrent, and the defendant’s crime had been going on for a period of time and involved different forms of insults, and considered the severity of the case to be moderate to moderate. Higher, should be sentenced to a prison sentence.
The judge of the Hong Kong High Court said in the ruling that the defendant insulted the national flag in a bad manner and seriously degraded the dignity of the country represented by the national flag. The defendant insulted the national flag in various ways in a crowded place at that time. Due to the seriousness of the case, immediate imprisonment was the only option.