Bail denied to first man held under new national security law in Hong Kong

Updated: Jul 07, 2020, 09:59 IST | Agencies | Hong Kong

The judge rejected the bail citing the Article 42 of the new law, which empowers the judge to deny bail if s/he believes the accused will endanger national security after being set free

Tong Ying-kit. Pic/AFP
Tong Ying-kit. Pic/AFP

A court in Hong Kong on Monday rejected bail to the first man charged under the new national security law imposed by China, Reuters reported.

Tong Ying-kit, 23, has been charged with inciting separatism and terrorism for allegedly driving a motorcycle into a group of policemen while bearing a flag with the "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time" slogan. The incident took place on Wednesday, a day after China imposed the contentious law in Hong Kong.

The judge rejected the bail citing the Article 42 of the new law, which empowers the judge to deny bail if s/he believes the accused will endanger national security after being set free.

Following the imposition of national security law, the pro-China Hong Kong government is busy muzzling any form of slogans or voices that might anger Beijing. Its latest move was banning the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times" as it stood for independence from China and the state's dominance, reported Hong Kong Free Press.

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