Jailed Occupy ringleader Shiu Ka-chun hospitalised after spending just one night behind bars in Hong Kong

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Jailed Occupy ringleader Shiu Ka-chun hospitalised after spending just one night behind bars in Hong Kong

Jailed pro-democracy lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun was hospitalised for high blood pressure on Thursday, after spending one night behind bars.

Shiu, 49, was one of four activists sent to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on Wednesday after being jailed for his role in the 2014 Occupy protests.

The lawmaker, and League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Raphael Wong Ho-ming, 30, were both sentenced to eight months in prison after being found guilty of two public nuisance charges.

With them at Lai Chi Kok were two Occupy founders, Chan Kin-man, 54, and Benny Tai Yiu-ting, 60, who were both sentenced to 16 months.

Law enforcement sources said the quartet will spend another night at the centre, before they are transferred to other prisons.

But the first day of their detention saw Shiu being sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Yau Ma Tei, in the afternoon.

Speaking after visiting the prisoners, Occupy co-founder Reverend Chu Yiu-ming said Shiu had been sent to the hospital for eczema, and a faster than usual heart rate.

“After we went through all the checks [before the meeting], an officer came out and said Shiu needed to be sent to hospital,” Chu said.

Shiu’s office later said the lawmaker, who also suffers from diabetes, was sent to a hospital to monitor his high blood pressure, and that his conditions were not severe.

The Correctional Services Department would not comment on Shiu’s condition, citing its personal privacy policy.

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Chu, 75, was also convicted of two public nuisance charges, but had his 16-month jail sentence suspended for two years because of his age and past service.

He said he was only able to speak with Wong, as he was with the young activist’s family. “He is at peace,” Chu said.

“I wanted to say hello to Chan and Tai again after I met Wong, but the officers there told me to go back to Wong’s cube. I heard from Wong that both Chan and Tai were peaceful and they had adapted well.”

According to the corrections department, prisoners may be visited by relatives and friends twice a month.

“Each visit shall not exceed 30 minutes and no more than three visitors shall be allowed at one time,” the department said.

Prisoners are also allowed to receive any number of letters, but the contents may be inspected for personal safety and discipline concerns.

Adult prisoners are required to work unless excused for medical reasons. Prisoners are paid HK$46.39 to HK$199.77 per week, depending on the type of work.

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Meanwhile, Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan, who was also convicted of public nuisance charges, said she had consulted another doctor on her brain tumour on Thursday.

Chan disclosed her condition in court on Wednesday, which delayed her sentencing to June so she could have surgery for it to be removed.

On a post on social media on Friday, Chan said she had undergone an MRI scan to prepare for the operation.

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