Court of Appeal upholds custodial sentence of 5 years on PolyU student for violating national security law


30th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) Lu Shiyu, a male student at the Polytechnic University, was arrested for violating the National Security Law for posting online article that endangered national security. He earlier pleaded guilty to the crime of inciting others to split the country in the District Court. The trial judge used 5.5 years’ imprisonment as the starting point for sentencing, but the defendant’s sentence was reduced to 3 years and 8 months’ imprisonment due to his guilty plea.

However, the prosecution cited the provisions of the National Security Law, referring to cases of a serious nature, a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison should be imposed. The judge then changed the sentence to 5 years in prison. The student involved in the case refused to accept the sentence and appealed. After the hearing last month, the Court of Appeal issued a judgment today (30th) to reject the appeal and uphold the original judgment.