Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have indicted 12 Hong Kong protesters detained as they fled to Taiwan on charges relating to “illegally crossing a border,” the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Wednesday. In a notice posted to its official account on the social media platform WeChat, the Yantian District People’s Procuratorate in Guangdong’s Shenzhen city announced the indictment of Quinn Moon and Tang Kai-yin, for “organizing an illegal border crossing,” which carries a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. A further eight suspects including Li Tsz-yin, Andy Li, Wong Wai-yin, and Kok Tsz-lun, have been indicted for “illegally crossing a border,” the statement said. “A public prosecution has been filed at the Yantian District People’s Court in Shenzhen,” it said, adding that two detainees under the age of 18 at the time of their detention would have their cases heard behind closed doors. The charge of “illegally crossing a border” carries a maximum jail term of one year, and recent unconfirmed media reports have suggested that at least some of the detainees may be sent home after receiving sentences equal to time already served, ahead of Lunar New Year. The detainees were aged 16… Read full this story
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