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Two more subversion cases moved to High Court
The subversion cases of two more pro-democracy figures have been moved up to the High Court. The defendants are Tiffany Yuen (former district councillor) and Carol Ng (ex-chairwoman of the disbanded Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions), who could be facing life in prison.
Reminder for those living under a rock: These two cases are part of a series of subversion charges against 47 pro-democracy figures who organised an participated in a primary election unaffiliated with the government to choose those who would run in the 2020 LegCo election. They were accused of wanting to use their lawmaker powers, if elected, to sabotage the Legislative Council.
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A protester known as “Captain American 2.0” (he carried around a superhero shield at the 2019 protests) has applied to appeal his 69-month sentence. He’s the second person sentenced under the NSL, convicted for inciting secession.
Singer and activist Tommy Yuen, who has been accused of committing seditious acts via social media posts, appeared in court without legal representation. Yuen claimed he was told to withdraw his application for legal aid and will hire another lawyer to represent him in his next court session. The judge also basically told him to stop stalling his case by not having legal representation court.
The new anti-terrorism reporting hotline (Call 63-666-999) launches today. This phone line will replace the Anti-violence hotline created during the 2019 protests. This is probably great timing as Carrie Lam warns the public “that there are many hidden problems. There are lone wolves and radicals who went underground.”
An upcoming amendment to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance, set to take effect on 22 July, would prohibit people convicted of “endangering national security” from registering as social workers.
All officers will be called in to work on the 25th anniversary of the SAR handover, including special police squads and the ‘sabre-toothed tiger’ cars.
Social distance rules to stay the same
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 436
Total cases: 1,216,185
New deaths: 3
Total deaths: 9,389
Compulsory testing notice: 49 places
Other COVID-19 news
Due to their false positive rate of 15-25%, RAT positives will no longer be counted until they are confirmed by PCR test.
Despite the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, Carrie Lam has no plans to change current social distancing measures until the end of her term as Chief Executive. “[I]t is a bit too early to say that we are now confronting a sixth wave of Covid-19 epidemic because it needs a lot more indicators in order to confirm the situation.”
Two football players and three staff members from the Hong Kong team have tested positive for COVID-19.
Flights from Doha, Qatar to Hong Kong have been banned until Monday (13 June) since three passengers tested positive for the virus and one passenger didn’t comply with HK’s COVID regulations.
Two men, aged 19 and 20, were sentenced for breaching a compulsory quarantine order.
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