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27 Jul 2021

First person charged under new HK national security law found guilty

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

A young man has been found guilty of secessionism and terrorism by a Hong Kong court – the first person to be tried under the territory’s sweeping national security law.

24 year old Tong Ying-kit was arrested after driving his motorbike towards police with a flag declaring “liberate Hong Kong”, and now faces a maximum sentence of life behind bars. Amnesty International condemned the verdict, calling it the “beginning of the end for freedom of expression in Hong Kong”.