Hongkonger who tried to flee to Taiwan jailed 20 months for making explosives

Wong Wai-yin, one of the 12 Hongkongers who tried to escape to Taiwan via speedboat in 2020 but was caught by China’s coastguard, was jailed for 20 months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of 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 sulphur, 418 millimetres of concentrated nitric acid, 690 millimetres of sulphuric acid and 270 millimetres 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 the material up in a controlled explosion said it was not in good condition and did not cause much damage.

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