The national security law is used retrospectively, Ray Wong says

Saturday, August 01, 2020

The national security law is retrospective, former pro-independence activist Ray Wong Toi-yeung says.
Wong was among the six wanted fugitives Hong Kong police are seeking on suspicions of violating the sweeping national security law enacted a month ago. 
In a tweet, Wong, who was granted asylum in Germany, said he‘d no longer advocated Hong Kong independence since last May and hadn’t said anything related to politicians the SAR government referred as “foreign forces” after the legislation took effect. 
“The only reason why I was sought for ‘incitement to secession and collusion with foreign forces’ must be based on my activities before the NSL (national security law) is in force,” the former convenor of now-disbanded pro-independence group Hong Kong indigenous said.
“The Hong Kong government unveils the fact that they’d use the law retrospectively.”
Along with Wong, disqualified lawmaker Nathan Law Kwun-chung, former British consulate staff Simon Cheng Man-kit, independence activists Honcques Lau Hong,  Wayne Chan Ka-kui and US-based Samuel Chu of the Hong Kong Democracy Council were accused of inciting secession and colluding with foreign forces. 
The maximum penalty for such offences is life-long imprisonment. 
Several Western countries have suspended extradition agreements with Hong Kong since the national security law was imposed, including the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.