Pro-Democracy Activist Jimmy Lai Pleads “Not Guilty” to Sedition, Collusion Charges in Hong Kong Court
Fox News: Media mogul and Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai pleaded not guilty to three charges of sedition and collusion with foreign countries on Tuesday. Lai, 76, a known opponent of the Chinese Communist Party, was sentenced to 69 months in prison last month on two counts of fraud related to leases for the offices of his now-defunct newspaper, Apple Daily. Lai was initially charged with fraud in December 2019 for allegedly violating the lease terms for office space before he was slapped with additional charges days later under the sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing, on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security. The court began hearing opening statements from the prosecution on Tuesday in what is expected to be an 80-day trial without a jury(Fox News). Reuters: Prosecutor Anthony Chau told the three high court judges that Lai was “a radical figure” who conspired with others to bring “hatred and stir up opposition” against Hong Kong and Chinese authorities (Reuters).

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