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The first person charged under a sweeping security law imposed on Hong Kong by China earlier this year pleaded not guilty, setting the stage for a landmark trial in the coming months.

Tong Ying-kit, 24, entered the plea on charges of incitement to secession and engaging in terrorist activities during an appearance Monday at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court. Chief Magistrate So Wai-tak kept Tong in custody and transferred his case to the High Court for trial.

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