Tang Yingjie pleaded not guilty to the charges of “secession” and “terrorism” of ramming a group of police officers on a motorcycle.
Tang Yingjie is the first person to be charged under Hong Kong’s one-year-old National Security Law. He appeared in court on Wednesday and was charged with “secession” and “terrorism” on charges of riding a motorcycle while calling for the liberation of Chinese territory. Of the banner. A group of policemen.
The 24-year-old man pleaded not guilty and was also charged with dangerous driving. If convicted, he will face life imprisonment.
After months of protests in 2019, it was the first time that three judges conducted a trial without a jury in the legislation that China implemented last year.Hong Kong and Chinese authorities argued Broad law After some demonstrations have turned into violence, this is necessary to restore stability in Hong Kong, and may only apply to a few cases.
Critics say it was used as a tool to suppress democratic movements Dozens of politicians and activists arrested Since it came into effect.
According to Citizen News, diplomats from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand were outside the courtroom, and the proceedings began at 10:45 am (02:45 GMT).
Al Jazeera reporter Divya Gopalan in Hong Kong stated that the lawsuit against Tong is seen as a “milestone” case in the jurisdiction and the jury trial is seen as the cornerstone of the common law system.
“Many people are looking for clues about how to handle security cases,” she said. “There are already people worried that this case will undermine the rule of law in Hong Kong.”
Tang was detained on July 1, a few hours after the implementation of the legislation, and it was alleged that he deliberately drove a motorcycle into a group of police officers during the protest against the National Security Law that day. A black flag hung on this bicycle with the slogan “Recover Hong Kong, Revolution of the Times”, a slogan that was legally illegal.
According to security legislation, a case can be decided by three judges instead of a jury. The three judges who hear children’s cases are appointed by the Chief Executive of the Special Administrative Region.
In addition, the Hong Kong police announced on Wednesday that they had arrested a 55-year-old man suspected of “colluding” with foreign forces, which is also a crime under the National Security Law.
The police added that the arrest was related to the raid on the pro-democratic Apple Daily last week.
The newspaper, where Facing closure After his senior editors and executives were arrested and assets frozen, the man claimed that the man was a columnist for his Chinese newspaper and wrote in the name of Li Ping.
The owner of Apple Daily, 73-year-old Jimmy Lai, has also been jailed on national security charges and faces trial.He has been Refused bail.