Court rulings free Hong Kong police to probe older offences under security law

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(Removes repeated words from quote) By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) – Recent court judgements have freed Hong Kong authorities to use national security powers to deploy tough colonial-era laws in a crackdown against opposition groups, alarming activists and lawyers in the city. Police have launched investigations into acts that took place before the national security law was imposed a year ago, despite assurances by Beijing and Hong Kong that the financial hub’s legislation would not be retroactive. The recent probes have unnerved pro-democracy campaigners across the city, leaving some to f…

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