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Hong Kong Man Who Tried To Flee To Taiwan Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison For Making Explosives

by YAR

Wong Wai-yin, one of 12 Hong Kongers who tried to escape to Taiwan by speedboat in 2020 but was caught by China’s coast guard, was jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to making explosives.

The 30-year-old mechanic appeared before District Court Judge Frankie Yiu on Thursday. He was accused of possessing tools and materials that can be used to make explosives, including dinitrotoluene (DNT), 2.8 kilograms of sulfur, 418 millimeters of concentrated nitric acid, 690 millimeters of sulfuric acid, and 270 millimeters of hydrogen peroxide.

Wan Chai Law Courts Building. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

Authorities found the explosive material containing DNT in the backyard of his home in Sha Tau Kok, located in rural New Territories, but no detonator was discovered. Experts who blew up the material in a controlled explosion said it was not in good condition and did not cause much damage.

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