10th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force (NSD) has officially charged a 77-year-old man, identified as Koo Sze-yiu, with one count of “attempting to do or making any preparation to do an act or acts with seditious intention.” The charge stems from a suspected violation of Sections 9 and 10 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200).
The arrest took place on December 8 in Cheung Sha Wan, after the NSD apprehended Koo for his alleged involvement in activities with seditious intent. The NSD, responsible for upholding national security in Hong Kong, conducted a thorough investigation leading up to the arrest.
Koo’s case is scheduled to be mentioned at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on the morning of 11th December. The courts will examine the evidence presented by the prosecution and decide on the appropriate course of legal action.
The charge of attempting to commit seditious acts indicates a serious offence under Hong Kong law. Sedition involves acts or attempts to incite violence, hatred, or rebellion against the government or to disrupt the stability and security of the state. The authorities take such cases seriously, as they pose a potential threat to national security and the well-being of society.
The NSD’s efforts to maintain law and order in Hong Kong are part of the larger framework established after the implementation of the National Security Law in the region. The law aims to safeguard China’s sovereignty and protect Hong Kong from activities that may undermine its stability and undermine the “One Country, Two Systems” principle.