Terminally Ill HK Freedom Fighter Sentenced To Jail
Unjustly sentenced aged activist is another victim of the national security law - imposed by Beijing after the city's pro-democracy protests in 2019.
A Hong Kong activist with terminal cancer was jailed Tuesday, July 12, for attempted sedition over a planned protest against Beijing's Winter Olympics that was foiled by a pre-emptive arrest.
Koo Sze-yiu was arrested on Feb 4, the opening day of the Winter Olympics, after he had announced plans to protest outside Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong.
The 75-year-old was formally charged the next day with "attempting to do or making any preparation to do an act or acts with seditious intention" - a colonial-era offence - and denied bail.
Judge: "Down With Communist Party" Slogan Dangerous To Hong Kong
Mr. Koo's lawyers had argued that his planned protest was an exercise in free speech and that the sedition charge was unconstitutional.
But the magistrate said the slogans on his protest materials - which read "down with the Communist Party and one-party dictatorship" - aimed to overthrow the regime, and were provocative given the context of 2019's protests.