Prison Service Department van takes Tong Ying-kit, the first accused convicted under the National Security Law, to the High Court in Hong Kong, China on July 30, 2021 | Photo: MIGUEL CANDELA / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo

Leon Tong Ying-kit, a 24-year-old Honconian waiter, was sentenced to nine years in prison, in a sentence announced this Friday (30). Earlier this week, a Hong Kong court found him guilty of terrorism and inciting secession in the first trial under the Hong Kong National Security Act, passed by the government last year. Chinese.

The young man was accused of having run over three policemen with a motorcycle which carried a flag with the words: “Free Hong Kong, the revolution of our time”. The incident took place during a pro-democracy protest on July 1 last year.

Although Tong pleaded not guilty, the three judges who considered the case found the message “capable of inciting others to commit an act of secession” and therefore illegal under the National Security Act. On the hit-and-run, the judges said Tong “seriously endangered public safety”, justifying the terrorism conviction.