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Published: 17:56, April 20, 2022 | Updated: 18:29, April 20, 2022
Hong Kong activist jailed for 40 months for sedition
By William Xu
Published:17:56, April 20, 2022 Updated:18:29, April 20, 2022 By William Xu

Hong Kong activist Tam Tak-chi was sentenced to 40 months in prison and fined HK$5,000 ($637) at the District Court on Wednesday, after being convicted of 11 charges related to seditious activities and illegal gatherings.

The 50-year-old opposition politician, also known as “Fast Beat”, was charged for his actions in various occasions between January and July 2020, including uttering seditious words like “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times” in different venues and convening an unauthorized assembly.

Judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi said that as a public figure, Tam Tak-chi took advantage of his fame to incite students to participate in unauthorized gatherings, using these young people to further his own political agenda

In passing the sentence, Judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi said that as a public figure, Tam took advantage of his fame to incite students to participate in unauthorized gatherings, using these young people to further his own political agenda.

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He added that the sentence needs to be a deterrent as Tam committed some offenses when he was out on bail, and some were committed after the promulgation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong.

After the law was enacted in June 2020, Tam still incited others to violate laws, showing contempt for the National Security Law’s legal effectiveness, and undermined the government’s public authority.

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The National Security Law for Hong Kong prohibits any act of treason, secession, sedition, or subversion against the nation and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Chan is also a designated judge for handling cases violating the National Security Law.


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