Hong Kong activist Tong Ying-kit has been jailed for nine years after he became the first person to be convicted under the national security law Beijing imposed on the city.
On Friday, in a landmark sentencing for the city four days after he was found guilty of inciting secession and terrorist activities, 24-year-old Tong was handed the custodial jail term by the High Court. His sentencing marks the end of Hong Kong’s first-ever trial under the sweeping security legislation which was enacted on June 30 last year.
The three justices – Esther Toh, Anthea Pang, and Wilson Chan – are among a pool of judges handpicked by Chief Executive Carrie Lam to handle national security cases. Under the security law, offenses linked to secession, subversion, collusion with foreign forces, and terrorist activities carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Tong had been detained for over a year since his arrest on July 1, 2020. He was arrested after he drove a motorcycle with a flag reading “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our times” into three police officers during a demonstration in Wan Chai.
Tong was sentenced to six and a half years in jail for the incitement to secession charge, while he was slapped with an eight-year jail term for committing acts of terror.
The court said that, after considering the totality principle, Tong is to serve two and half years of his sentence for the terrorism offense consecutively with the 6.5-year prison term for the first charge. This means the activist will be locked up for a total of nine years.
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Source: HONG KONG WATCH