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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