Benny Tai, one of the nine leaders jailed for participation in the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, has been allowed bail pending an appeal.

Legal scholar Tai was sentenced to 16 months in prison in April over public nuisance charges. He applied for an appeal to overturn his conviction and sentencing.


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Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man. File Photo: inmediahk.net.

Mr Justice Andrew Macrae, vice-president of the Court of Appeal, approved the HK$100,000 cash bail application on Thursday. Tai has to surrender his travel document, cannot leave Hong Kong and must live at the address he has given.

Macrae said the appeal will be held between February 24 and 26 next year.

All nine activists have filed appeals to overturn their conviction. Other than Tai, Chan Kin-man, Shiu Ka-chun and Raphael Wong, who were given jail sentences, also appealed over prison terms. Chan was sentenced to 16 months in prison as well.

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Shiu Ka-chun. File Photo: inmediahk.net.

According to Shiu’s office, Shiu is expected to leave prison on October 3, after serving his eight-month sentence. Wong was also sentenced to eight months in prison.

Last week, Tai was transferred to solitary confinement after he joined the general strike while in prison on August 5.