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Hong Kong’s first trial under national security hears closing arguments

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – The trial of the first person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law is set to wrap up on Tuesday, with the defendant denied bail and a jury in a landmark case that critics say is a departure from common law. Former waiter Tong Ying-kit, 24, has pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism, inciting secession as well as an alternative charge of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm on July 1 last year, shortly after the law was enacted. Hong Kong’s common law has traditionally allowed defendants to seek release unless prosecutors can show lawful grounds fo…

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