Chinese court sentences 10 Hong Kong activists to jail for crossing border.

Relatives of 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities, attend a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Trials for 10 people accused of attempting to flee Hong Kong by speedboat amid a government crackdown on dissent got underway in China on Monday, a court official said. The defendants face charges of illegally crossing the border, while two face additional charges of organizing the attempt, according to an indictment issued in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Relatives of 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities, attend a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Trials for 10 people accused of attempting to flee Hong Kong by speedboat amid a government crackdown on dissent got underway in China on Monday, a court official said. The defendants face charges of illegally crossing the border, while two face additional charges of organizing the attempt, according to an indictment issued in the southern city of Shenzhen.

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A Chinese court sentenced 10 Hong Kong activists who had been detained after fleeing Hong Kong by boat to between seven months and three years for an illegal border crossing, a court in the southern city of Shenzhen said on Wednesday.

The court said that the two who organized the crossing were sentenced to three years and two years, respectively, while the others received seven-month sentences.

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All 10 were also fined, the court said.

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