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10 Hongkongers jailed for up to 3 years in China after trying to flee city for Taiwan

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Ten Hongkongers who were arrested by mainland authorities when trying to flee the city by boat have received prison sentences of between seven months and three years in Shenzhen.

Police vehicles exit Yantian District People’s Court, where 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who were arrested last August as they tried to flee Hong Kong to Taiwan by boat are on trial, in China’s southeastern city of Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong, on December 28, 2020. Photo: Noel Celis/AFP.

In all, 12 Hongkongers pleaded guilty on Monday to illegally crossing into China’s waters. They were captured on August 23 as they sought to reach Taiwan by speedboat.

As 10 were sentenced on Tuesday by the Yantian People’s Procuratorate, two underaged suspects were returned to Hong Kong after pleading guilty. Local police will meet the media at noon.

Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.

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