| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

Hong Kong student jailed for five years under national security law

A Hong Kong court sentenced a student to five years in prison on Friday, in accordance with a China-imposed national security statute, for posts on the Telegram messaging app calling for independence from China.

Lui Sai-yu, a 25-year-old engineering student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was charged in April 2021 with inciting secession with texts asking for “acts to be performed to unlawfully alter the administration” in Hong Kong.

He has been detained since September 2020, when police entered his flat and discovered a pepper ball pistol, used to fire irritating powder in self-defense, an extended police baton, two military knives, and protective gear.

Judge Amanda Woodcock had sentenced him to three years and eight months after his guilty plea resulted in a one-third reduction.

  • Reuters