HK tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail under security law

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10th February, 2021 12:15:07 printer

HK tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail under security law

Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail under security law

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been denied bail while awaiting trial under a controversial new national security law.

Mr Lai, 73, is accused of conspiring with foreign forces to endanger national security, and could face a lengthy jail term.

He is the most high-profile person charged under the law.

Mr Lai founded the Apple Daily newspaper and is a fierce critic of the authorities in mainland China.

The tycoon was originally arrested under the law in August 2020 after a police raid on Apple Daily's head office. He was released on bail but then rearrested in December.

Hong Kong's court of final appeal ruled that a lower court was wrong to release Mr Lai briefly from detention.

However, the judges ruled that Mr Lai could make another bail application.

(BBC)


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