HK man gets jail term under national security law

A Hong Kong court has sentenced a man to five years and nine months in prison for violating the territory's national security law. He is the second person to get a jail term under the law.

The man was charged with inciting secession by chanting slogans and holding placards calling for Hong Kong's independence from China in shopping malls and elsewhere between August and November 2020.

The judge said the man's case was serious since he repeated similar acts 20 times and that he had shown no remorse.

The 31-year-old man is known well in Hong Kong as a lone protester. When the court passed sentence, one person in the public gallery said the punishment was too heavy.

In July this year, another man was sentenced to nine years in prison under the national security law. He was found guilty of driving a motorcycle into police while displaying a slogan demanding the liberation of Hong Kong.

More than 100 people have been arrested under the national security law since it came into force in June last year. They include pro-democracy activists and politicians.