Hong Kong’s Lai Zhixian faces new sentence for democratic protests | World Bank China News
The media tycoon has served 14 months in prison for participating in unauthorized gatherings.
Jimmy Lai, the arrested Hong Kong media tycoon and an outstanding supporter of democracy, is expected to serve his sentence in a new prison for his role in the demonstrations on October 1, 2019, when the democratic protests swept through The city.
This month, Lai and nine other activists pleaded guilty to organizing unauthorized gatherings. The nine individuals include Li Zhuoren, Eason Chan and Liang Guoxiong, the activists known as “long hair” in Hong Kong.
They are expected to be sentenced on Friday.
Since December, he has been serving his sentence in prison. According to the National Security Law, he was refused bail in another trial.
According to new legislation adopted by China in response to protests in 2020, he faces three charges, including suspected collusion with foreign countries.
Lai’s repeated arrests have aroused criticism from Western governments and international human rights organizations, who are concerned about the decline in freedom of speech and assembly in semi-autonomous territories.
“Your honor, I have worked hard for China’s democratic reform for more than 40 years,” Li told the court at a hearing this week. “This is my single love, the love for my motherland is so heavy.”
Beijing considers him a traitor and anti-China agitator.
China stated that the broadly worded security law punishes all acts that the Beijing government considers subversion, division, terrorism, and conspiracy with foreign powers to imprison, which are vital to the restoration of stability and prosperity.
At the beginning of this month, the authorities Frozen assets (Including bank accounts) and his 71.26% stake in media publisher Next Digital.
The head of Hong Kong security this month to Mr. Trust and the branches of HSBC and Citibank Threatening any transaction between bankers and billionaire accounts in the city will face up to seven years in prison, According to Reuters documents.
One of Lai’s financial advisers said the move could jeopardize any attempts by the tycoon to bring offshore assets back home and support Next Digital’s Apple Daily tabloid, which is a staunch critic of the government.