Eight activists detained at sea as they sought to flee Hong Kong by speedboat have completed serving jail sentences in China and have been handed over to authorities in Hong Kong, the place they might face additional prosecution.
The group of eight activists aged 19 to 31 had been jailed within the southern metropolis of Shenzhen, and returned to Hong Kong in batches, in keeping with a police assertion on Monday.
Professional-democracy activist Andy Li was the primary of the group to be returned to town after serving a seven-month jail sentence, in keeping with the South China Morning Publish.
The eight males are half of a bigger group of 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and protesters who had been detained at sea in August final 12 months throughout an ill-fated try to succeed in self-ruled Taiwan.
Most of the them had been going through prosecution in Hong Kong as a consequence of their involvement in anti-government protests that started in mid-2019, and one had been arrested on suspicion of collusion with a overseas nation to hazard nationwide safety.
They had been convicted by a Shenzhen court docket of illegally crossing the maritime border and sentenced to seven-month jail phrases.
Whereas Hong Kong is a part of China, travellers should nonetheless move via immigration when going to and from the mainland, which surrounds Hong Kong by land and sea.
It’s not clear if the eight activists may even be charged in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police mentioned the suspects had been returned to town after the completion of authorized proceedings by mainland authorities.
Two of the defendants, Quinn Moon and Tang Kai-yin, stay in jail serving two- and three-year sentences, respectively, for organiSing an unlawful border crossing.
Two detainees weren’t charged on the mainland as a result of they had been youthful than 18 on the time of the arrest; they had been handed over to Hong Kong authorities in December.
Beijing and Hong Kong authorities have taken a harder stance on town’s pro-democracy motion over the previous 12 months, implementing a troublesome nationwide safety legislation aimed toward cracking down on dissent.