September 19, 2021

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Hong Kong: 9 years jail in first national security case | DW News

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Judges in Hong Kong sentenced on Friday the first person convicted under the controversial national security law in a watershed ruling that will have long-term implications for the city’s judicial landscape.

The legislation was passed as part of a prolonged government clampdown on Hong Kong’s mass pro-democracy movement. But critics argue that the measure has been used to restrict civil liberties.

Former waiter Tong Ying-kit will face nine years in prison for terrorist activities and inciting secession.

The 24-year-old was accused of driving his motorcycle into three riot police last year while carrying a flag with the protest slogan, "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our times."

Judges decided this week that the act was "capable of inciting others to commit secession."

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