First person charged under HK security law found guilty of terrorism, inciting secession

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A prison van carrying Tong Ying-kit, the first person charged under the new national security law, arrives at High Court for a hearing, in Hong Kong, China, July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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HONG KONG, July 27 (Reuters) - The first person charged under Hong Kong's national security law was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case with long-term implications for how the legislation reshapes the city's common law traditions.

An alternative charge of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm was not considered.

Former waiter Tong Ying-kit, 24, was accused of driving his motorcycle into three riot police while carrying a flag with the protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our times," which prosecutors said was secessionist.

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Reporting by James Pomfret and Sara Cheng; Writing by Marius Zaharia Editing by Gerry Doyle and Peter Graff

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