HK national security law: first person charged under new legislation is motorcyclist arrested during July 1 protest

04-Jul-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A motorcyclist accused of riding into a group of policemen during the protest on July 1, while carrying a flag calling for the liberation of Hong Kong, has become the first person to be charged under the newly passed national security law, according to police.

He was expected to appear in West Kowloon Court on Friday afternoon to face one charge of inciting secession and another of terrorism.

However, he was not present and the court heard he was in hospital. He is expected to return to court on July 6.

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So Wai-tak, one of the six magistrates hand-picked by the city’s leader to hear cases under the new law, presided over the hearing.

Earlier on Friday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced she had appointed six magistrates to the specialised bench.


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