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Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong court hands down second security law conviction

30-year-old Ma Chun-man faces seven-year prison term for slogans and placards

Hong Kong police officers outside a courthouse earlier this year: A second person has now been found guilty under the national security law imposed by Beijing.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong man was found guilty of inciting secession on Monday for chanting slogans and displaying signs seen as advocating the city's independence from China in the second trial under the national security law imposed last year by Beijing.

Ma Chun-man, 30, faces up to seven years' imprisonment for his activities on 20 occasions between August and November 2020 in a case seen as a litmus test for freedom of speech in the city. He will be sentenced on Nov. 11.

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