South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Ten Hong Kong fugitives captured at sea jailed for up to three years on Chinese mainland” – below is their description.
Ten Hong Kong fugitives were sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven months to three years by a Shenzhen court on December 30, 2020. They were part of a group of 12 Hongkongers who were arrested at sea in August by mainland Chinese authorities. The 12, who face charges related to 2019 anti-government protests in Hong Kong, had been trying to flee to Taiwan. The Yantian District People’s Court found them guilty of taking part in or organising an illegal border crossing. Two underage fugitives from the group have been turned over to Hong Kong police.
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In This Story: Hong Kong
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.
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