The Court of Final Appeal on Sept 7 ruled in favor of the 13 defendants sentenced to short periods in prison for a violent protest at the Legislative Council Complex against the government's North East New Territories Development Plan in June 2014. The CFA judges believed the sentences prescribed by a lower court were unnecessary and set the 13 free on the spot, without overturning the guilty ruling. Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions Chairman Ng Chau-pei, who is also a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, posted a short comment on his Facebook page on Sept 10 to express his disappointment at the CFA ruling, saying it could work against the rule of law in Hong Kong.