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World Hong Kong: First condemnation under the National Security Act

12:41  30 july  2021
12:41  30 july  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Tong Ying-kit, 24 ans a été condamné à 9 ans de prison, à Hong Kong, au nom de la loi sur la sécurité nationale. © Isaac Lawrence, AFP Tong Ying-Kit, 24 years was sentenced to 9 years in prison, in Hong Kong, on behalf of the law on the national security.

Deepened guilty of terrorism and incentive to the secession, Tong Ying-Kit was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison after the first trial in Hong Kong motivated by drastic law on national security.

24-year-old Hong Kong Server, Tong Ying-Kit was sentenced, Friday, July 30, nine years in prison after the first trial educated at Hong Kong under the National Security Act imposed by Beijing.

The young man had been convicted , Tuesday, of terrorism for daring to a motorcycle on three policemen, but also secession because he was waving then a flag on which "release Hong Kong, the revolution of our time" . The formula had imposed as the main slogan of the immense popular mobilization of 2019 . The facts had taken place on July 1, 2020, the day of the entry into force of the National Security Act.

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The panel of three judges felt that the flag he wrapping contained a slogan "capable of inciting other people to commit an act of secession" - and was, therefore, illegal.

Tong Ying-Kit was sentenced to eight years of detention for terrorism and six and a half years of imprisonment for secession. Considering that the two sentences could partially be commuted, the magistrates finally inflicted nine years' imprisonment.

60 people charged

The two-week trial was held without a jury, which constitutes a real break with the Hong Kong tradition. The three magistrates had been chosen by the Hong Kong executive to judge national security cases.

More than 60 people have been charged under the National Security Act, which has established itself as the main tool for Chinese repression against the pro-democracy movement.

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with AFP

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