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ACTIVISTS FROM HONG KONG HAVE BEEN JAILED ON CHARGES RELATED TO TERRORISM.

Three Hong Kong activists, Ho Yu-wang (20), Kwok Man-hei (21), and Cheung Ho-yeung (23), have been sentenced to prison

ACTIVISTS FROM HONG KONG HAVE BEEN JAILED ON CHARGES RELATED TO TERRORISM.

Three Hong Kong activists, Ho Yu-wang (20), Kwok Man-hei (21), and Cheung Ho-yeung (23), have been sentenced to prison terms of up to six years after pleading guilty to charges related to a plot to plant bombs in court buildings and other public infrastructure in 2021, following widespread pro-democracy protests.

Under the National Security Law, the trio faced charges of “conspiracy to commit terrorism.” High Court Judge Alex Lee acknowledged the “hostile social atmosphere” during Hong Kong’s prolonged pro-democracy protests, stating that it could “easily cloud one person’s moral judgment and might turn people with previously good characters into radicals.”

According to the prosecution’s summary, Kwok was associated with the pro-independence group “Returning Valiant.” The three activists were accused of planning to create improvised explosive devices and strategically place them in various public locations, including government offices, cross-harbor tunnels, police staff quarters, railways, and court buildings between April 1 and July 5, 2021.

Despite their arrests, none of the devices were constructed or used. Ho, identified as the alleged mastermind, and Cheung received six-year prison sentences, while Kwok was sentenced to 30 months. Ho pleaded guilty to the terrorism charge, while Cheung and Kwok admitted to an alternative charge of conspiring to “cause explosions likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.”

Ho received a four-year deduction from his sentence for cooperating with the prosecution, which resulted in Cheung’s guilty plea. In May, four others involved in the plans received sentences, with one individual jailed for five years and eight months for renting a flat for the scheme, while three others, aged between 17 and 20, were sent to training centers.

Since Beijing imposed the national security law on Hong Kong in 2020, over 280 people, including opposition politicians, activists, lawyers, and journalists, have been arrested. While foreign governments, including the U.S., view the security law as a tool to suppress dissent, Beijing argues that it has restored stability to the global financial hub after the mass protests in 2019.

Quest: Emmanuel kelvin

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