48-year-old housewife charged under national security law ordered to be remanded until next court appearance


30th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) A 48-year-old Hong Kong housewife, Law Oi-wah, has been arrested and charged with making inflammatory posts on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, inciting violence and promoting Hong Kong’s independence. She has also been accused of insulting the national flag and anthem and posting anti-police content.

According to the prosecution, Law Oi-wah made a series of posts on Twitter and Facebook between 6th June, 2022, and 28th March, 2023, with the intention of inciting hatred or contempt for the Central and/or Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government. The posts were aimed at encouraging Hong Kong residents to use unlawful means to effect change and inciting others to use violence.

Law Oi-wah has been charged with incitement to hatred and violence and has appeared in court on Tuesday. The case was heard in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court, and the defendant did not enter a plea. The case has been adjourned until 27th April, pending further investigations by the prosecution.

During the hearing, the judge refused bail for the defendant, and she has been remanded in custody until her next court appearance. If convicted, Law Oi-wah could face imprisonment for up to two years.