EFEHong Kong

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Edward Leung, a leader of the city’s short-lived independence movement, was released from prison Wednesday morning after serving four years for rioting and assaulting police in a 2016 riot.

The 30 year old’s release, expected to occur at a maximum-security prison on the outlying island of Lantau at about 9 am local time (1 am GMT) before the press and supporters, instead happened at 3am, when he went into a mini-van parked outside the penitentiary.

At about 5 am, a post briefly appeared on Leung’s Facebook page in which he confirmed his release. He also said he would quit the public limelight, stop using social media and forego media interviews, in accordance with a supervision order.