Four Hong Kong university students charged with inciting terrorism

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On Thursday (Aug 19), the police charged four members of the University of Hong Kong’s student union with promoting terrorism, the first time this specific offence has been used under the security law enacted in June last year. The four defendants, ranging in age from 18 to 20, each face one count of the charge. The court will hear their case later in the day.
The students were detained under the national security law for advocating terrorism, according to senior superintendent Steve Li of the Hong Kong Police Force’s National Security Department, who told the media on Wednesday. The motion was to pay tribute to a man who stabbed a police officer last month. Three additional students were transported to the police station to assist with the inquiry.
The police did not name the suspects, but local media said they included Kwok Wing Ho, the former president of the students’ union, Kinson Cheung King Sang, and Anthony Yung Chung-hei, the former vice-president of the arts students’ council.
The move was termed as “shocking” by Supt Li, who said that the students had mourned the attacker before moving the motion to honour the deceased’s fortitude.
The resolution received 30 “yes” votes and two abstentions. The arrested students were among more than 30 people who attended a memorial service on July 7 to “express deep regret” over the death of Leung Kin Fai, a 50-year-old man who killed a police officer from behind before killing himself, and to “appreciate his sacrifice to Hong Kong.”
On July 1, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the British administration to Chinese rule, the event occurred outside the Sogo mall in Causeway Bay.

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