Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow sent to top-security jail

Published (HKT): 2020.12.31 19:39

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow is understood to have been sent to the city’s top-security prison.

It is currently unclear when the 24-year-old was transferred from the medium-security Lo Wu Correctional Institution to the maximum-security Tai Lam Centre for Women, which houses Category A prisoners.

Category A prisoners are generally those who have committed serious crimes such as murder and drug trafficking, said former lawmaker for the social welfare sector Shiu Ka-chun, adding that he was astounded by the abrupt transfer.

Those prisoners are also held in solitary confinement, with at least two prison officers constantly supervising their activities, Shiu said.

Chow received a 10-month sentence earlier this month, after pleading guilty to taking part in and inciting others to take part in an illegal assembly outside police headquarters during an anti-government protest in June 2019.

Joshua Wong, who is involved in the same case, is also reported to have been classified as a Class A prisoner.

The Correctional Services Department said in response to Apple Daily’s inquiries that it would not comment on individual cases and would consider factors such as the type of crimes prisoners have committed, the duration of their sentences and security risks when determining the security classification.

According to the department’s latest annual report, 128 Category A prisoners were admitted in 2019, of which 86% committed drug-related crimes with the remainder jailed for serious offenses such as murder and rape.

As of the end of 2019, there were 552 Category A prisoners in custody.

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