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Hong Kong: First person charged under national security law found guilty on two charges

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The first person to be tried under Hong Kong's sweeping national security law faces life in prison after being found guilty on Tuesday of inciting secession and terrorism, in a landmark court ruling that is likely to have profound implications for the city's legal system.

Tong Ying-kit, 24, was found guilty of terrorism for crashing his motorcycle into a group of police officers last year, injuring three. He was also found guilty of a second charge, incitement to commit secession, for carrying a large black banner emblazoned with the popular anti-government protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times."

A three judge panel selected by Hong Kong's leader ruled that Tong's actions constituted a "deliberate challenge against the police" and were intended to cause "great harm to society."

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/27/asia/hong-kong-nsl-trial-tong-ying-kit-intl-hnk/index.html

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He's lucky he got off lightly, back on the mainland the story would be very much different... 

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He got 9 years.

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Tong Ying-kit, a 24-year-old former waiter, was convicted on Tuesday by a three-judge panel appointed by Hong Kong’s leader to hear national security cases. On Thursday, he was sentenced to six and a half years for the secession offence and eight years for terrorism, with two and a half years of the latter sentence to be served consecutively.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/30/hong-kong-jails-man-24-nine-years-under-national-security-law-tong-ying-kit

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Attempted vehicular manslaughter on law enforcement, that's just finger wagging and a slap on the wrist. 

Anywhere else at any other time he be showing up in court in a wheelchair, that is if he survived his initial stupidity. 

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33 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Attempted vehicular manslaughter on law enforcement, that's just finger wagging and a slap on the wrist. 

Anywhere else at any other time he be showing up in court in a wheelchair, that is if he survived his initial stupidity. 

This is what the BBC says:

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Hong Kong human rights lawyer Mark Daly told the BBC that he felt the sentence was "unreasonably long", as dangerous driving offences usually result in jail sentences of only a few years in Hong Kong.

The "massive mark-up" to nine years was because of the political slogan, he said. "The casualty here is freedom of expression."

But Andrew Powner, managing partner of Hong Kong law firm, Haldanes, felt the sentence was within guidelines for the national security law, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for grave offences.

The fact that Tong got nine years showed the judges felt his offence was on a "lesser scale" since it did not result in serious injuries, but was still "an affront to law and order in Hong Kong", he told the BBC.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-58022072

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5 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

This is what the BBC says:

BBC is just grovelling as the lip service propaganda arm of the UK government ... Any British citizen riding a motorcycle at full speed knocking down the police while flying a flag of some foreign meddling government will most likely not survive the trip to the prison cell. 

"dangerous driving"

That as shamelessly obtuse as any politician can get away with deliberately spouting lies.

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10 Jul 2021 — An attack on a police officer in Hong Kong has exposed that while protests and political opposition have been blunted, the anger that ...

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Now they're even resorting to staging violent attacks live on social media. 

How's that for "freedom of expression" eh? 

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