Activist facing life sentence after first conviction of China’s new Hong Kong security law

A 24-year-old former waiter is facing a possible life sentence after becoming the first person to be convicted under China’s swingeing new security law in Hong Kong.

Tong Ying-kit was found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession by a panel of three specially designated national security law High Court judges in what critics condemned as a politically-motivated show trial

He could face a life term for ramming a motorcycle into a group of police officers on July 1, 2020, and flying a “politicised” banner hours after Beijing imposed the law on Hong Kong to try to end months-long protests about it interference in the city’s affairs in what Britain says is a breach of the terms of its 1997 handover to Beijing.

 

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