HK man sentenced to 9 years in first national security law case

The first person convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law has been sentenced to nine years in prison, judges said, in a watershed ruling with long-term implications for the city’s judicial landscape.

Former waiter Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted on Tuesday of terrorism for driving a motorbike into three police officers and secession for flying a protest flag during a rally on July 1 last year, the day after Beijing imposed the sweeping national security law following months of anti-government protests.

The flag bore the banned slogan, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”.

Judges ordered him to serve nine years behind bars for both charges at a sentence hearing on Friday.

More to follow.

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