Singer-activist Tommy Yuen Man-on, who is a former member of the Cantopop boy band E-kids, has pleaded guilty to sedition and money laundering in a Hong Kong court.
Yuen was accused of inciting hatred towards the Hong Kong SAR government and the judicial system through social media posts, as well as laundering HK$718,788 from a crowdfunding campaign that was supposed to support protesters arrested in 2019.
The charges against Yuen stem from a series of controversial posts he made on social media, including one in which he called for the celebration of the death of a police officer and another in which he incited violence against the former Chief Executive, Carrie Lam.
He was also accused of fabricating a story about a young girl facing trial for rioting and soliciting funds for her supposed legal defense.
Yuen was remanded for sentencing on August 11, and the judge criticized him for his ingratitude towards society and for using his platform to incite violence.
The court was told that Yuen operated two Facebook
accounts and one Instagram account, which had a combined total of over 50,000 followers.
In addition to his social media activity, Yuen was also accused of organizing crowdfunding campaigns and calling on people to financially support protesters arrested in 2019.
He was charged with money laundering after it was discovered that he had kept the funds raised through this campaign in a bank account controlled by his brother-in-law.
The case highlights the ongoing tensions in Hong Kong between pro-democracy activists and the government, as well as the role that social media plays in inciting violence and promoting political views.