(HONG KONG) Kowloon Magistrates Court Report: Denies bail to 3 student leaders charged under national security law with ‘advocating terrorism’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.22: A Hong Kong court has denied bail to three University of Hong Kong (HKU) student leaders charged under the Beijing-imposed national security law after expressing sympathy for a man who stabbed a police officer and then killed himself…..

#AceDailyNews says that the group was arrested over a student union motion expressing sympathy for a man who stabbed a police officer before killing himself …

by HKFP Candice Chau 19:38, 19 August 2021:

The group was arrested over a student union motion expressing sympathy for a man who stabbed a police officer before killing himself.

A fourth defendant was granted bail but remains in custody for the time being after prosecutors appealed against the decision.

The four appeared at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday before acting Chief Magistrate Peter Law, one of the city’s judicial officers specially selected to hear security law cases.West Kowloon Law Courts Building. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

Student Union Council chairperson Kinson Cheung King-sang, 19, council member Anthony Yung Chung-hei, 19, student union former chairperson Charles Kwok Wing-ho, 20, and former student residence representative on the Union Council Chris Todorovski, 18, were arrested on Wednesday.

Only Yung was granted bail. 

The four are accused of “advocating terrorism” under Article 27 of the national security law. The group also faces an alternative charge of “incitement to wound with intent” for allegedly inciting others to “unlawfully and maliciously wound police officers” to cause “grievous bodily harm.”

The national security offence is punishable by not less than five years in prison and not more than 10 if the circumstances are “of a serious nature.” Less serious cases are punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment or other forms of detention.

The magistrate rejected an application to lift court reporting restrictions. Under these restrictions, written and broadcast reports are limited to the result of bail proceedings, the name of the person applying for bail and their representative, and the offence concerned. 

The group will appear in court for mention on September 14. It was not clear when the review of Yung’s bail would be heard.

Timeline

The HKU Students’ Union Council passed a motion on July 7 to mourn Leung Kin-fai, the 50-year-old who committed suicide after stabbing and injuring a police officer on July 1, the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.

“The Union Council expresses its deep sadness at the death of Mr Leung Kin-fai; offers its sympathy and condolences to his family and friends; appreciates his sacrifice to Hong Kong,” the motion read.

The motion attracted widespread criticism from the Security Bureau, which said it was “no different from supporting and encouraging terrorism” and that the students should be ashamed.Staff and officers seen entering HKUSU premises to conduct a raid in connection with the case on July 16, 2021. File Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

The HKUSU Council withdrew the declaration in the early hours of July 9. Kwok apologised on behalf of the council and said that the motion was “seriously inappropriate.” The executive committee of the student union also resigned.

Despite the apology and resignation, the university announced on July 13 that it had stopped recognising the student body, hours after Chief Executive Carrie Lam called for further action against students responsible for the declaration.

National security police searched the union’s office on campus three days later, as well as the offices of student union media CampusTV. The university later announced it was barring those involved with the motion from campus, a decision criticised by many alumni. More than 1,000 HKU graduates have signed a petition demanding the university revoke its ban.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.22: 2021:

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(HONG KONG) HKU REPORT: The University announced on Friday that its research team had found a mutant strain of #COVID19 at the early phase of the pandemic with the characteristics of an attenuated vaccine, bringing a major breakthrough in the further development of related vaccines #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.16: According to the researchers, findings of the study also suggested that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a cross-species event of infection from animals

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – HKU finds mutant strain that may shed light on virus vaccine: ‘In the study with hamsters, researchers from the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases of the university found that the mutant strain of SARS-CoV-2 with no basic amino acid motif is almost non-pathogenic to hamsters’ These findings have recently been published in the science journal Nature Communications.

HKU REPORT:

This handout illustration image obtained Feb 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health shows a transmission electron microscopic image that shows SARS-CoV-2. (HANDOUT / NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH / AFP)

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Hamsters that have been infected with the mutant virus can completely resist the re-infection of the wild-type virus, suggesting that this non-pathogenic mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 has the characteristics of an attenuated vaccine, the study revealed.

The research also found that in human cell culture, the virus with the mutant strain has a reproductive rate even higher than that of the prototype virus, which is of great significance for the preparation of inactivated vaccines from the new coronavirus.

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According to the researchers, findings of the study also suggested that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a cross-species event of infection from animals.

Chen Honglin, a professor from the university’s department of microbiology and also a member of the research team, said the study indicated that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is still in the process of adapting to humans, and more mutant strains will occur in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the same time, the mutant virus that loses the basic amino acid of the spike protein has low pathogenicity and higher reproductive ability in cultured cells than the original wild-type virus, and is an ideal strain for use in the production of inactivated vaccine,” Chen said.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: May.16: 2021:

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