Chinese and Belize businessmen sentenced to fund Hong Kong’s anti-democratic movement

On April 14, Chinese and Belize entrepreneur Henry Lee confessed at China’s state-owned CCTV that he had funded a movement against democratization in Hong Kong.Lee had already been sentenced to 11 years in prison April 2.

Formerly known as Li Huxiang, Lee was born in Shanghai and became a citizen of Belize a few years ago. He was previously Vice President of Shanghai Baedong Real Estate Company.

According to a television show, after an anti-communist protest and democratization movement in Hong Kong in June 2019, a large amount of mainland funds flowed into Hong Kong, and Lee donated hundreds of thousands of dollars with various types of funds. Did. An anti-communist activist named Yang in the United States. CCTV called Lee the “behind-the-scenes financier” of Hong Kong’s anti-democratic movement. The program also said he had secretly met Hong Kong democratization activist Leung Kwok-Hong and former student federation secretary Zhou Yongkang and sponsored Joshua Wong, Zhou Yongkang, Sunny Chan, Nathan Law and others. He also introduced them to foreign anti-communist politicians and senior Western government officials.

On April 2, 65-year-old Lee was sentenced to 11 years in prison for “funding criminal activity and endangering national security.”

Lee admitted all charges of the CCTV program.

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Protesters will meet during a rally in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, on August 18, 2019. (Billy HC Kwok / Getty Images)

Confession was asked

However, Lee’s confession has been questioned by Hong Kong democratic activists he nominated in the program. Nathan Law, who is currently in exile in Britain, and Zhou Yongkang, who is studying abroad, argued against the story and said he did not know Lee Seung-yuop.

The law said in a Facebook post that intermediaries do not need to arrange meetings with foreign officials. He admitted Lee “very CCP [Chinese Communist Party].. “They imagine we’re like pawns in chess games with no internet, connectivity, or ability.” He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, British Interior Minister Pretty Ssil Patel, He said meetings with ambassadors from other countries did not have to be arranged by an intermediary. “What does it mean to use senior management in a Chinese company as a’mediator’?” He asked.

Lee’s television confession is a “dirty slander campaign” by the Chinese Communist Party administration, Law added.

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Contributor Nathan Law Nathan Law on Wednesday, April 14, 2021

In an interview with The Epoch Times in September 2019, Taiwan-based current affairs commentator Lin Feng said the Chinese Communist Party is promoting a “foreign intervention” theory that condemns Hong Kong’s anxieties. .. United States and Taiwan.

Hong Kong current affairs commentator Johnny Lau said in an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA) that Chinese authorities could use Lee’s confession to involve others, including those mentioned in the report. I warned that there was sex. Three of the five Hong Kong politicians nominated in the CCTV report are currently abroad. Only Joshua Wong and Leung Kwok-o have been imprisoned in Hong Kong for other charges. The outside world is concerned about whether Chinese authorities will send them to China for trial, Liu told RFA.

Enforcing television confessions is a tactic used by the Chinese Communist Party administration for intimidation and publicity. The administration’s overseas mouthpiece CGTN has been sued by European human rights groups for broadcasting a compulsory television confession. This is one of the reasons UK regulators revoke their broadcast licenses.

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Peter Darling, director of human rights for NGO Safeguard Defender, speaks to the Epoch Times in a virtual interview in Spain on March 8, 2021. (Epoch Times / Screenshot)

In an interview with NTDTV earlier this month, Swedish activist Peter Dahlin, who led NGO Safeguard Defenders and held CGTN accountable, said a forced television confession was “a tool for political terrorism against a particular group of people they feel” by the administration. It is used as “.” Do not follow party policy. Within the country, the administration “uses individual targets to create fear for the entire community,” he said.Internationally, “Chinese [regime] And the Chinese Communist Party is using these types of broadcasts as a foreign policy tool, often to attack other countries in which China has some conflict, “he added. In 2016, Darling was detained for nearly a month in a quarantine room at a facility in southern Beijing for damaging national security. He was released after submitting to a compulsory television confession.

International media have also questioned Lee’s television confession. The RFA pointed out that Lee’s identity and background are mysterious and complex. In 2013, he testified to former CCP chief executive Bo Xilai and his wife.

Lee’s name appeared in a verdict issued by the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in Shandong Province on Bo Xilai’s corruption and bribery cases, the former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee.

At the time, he was the first vice president of the Shanghai Mingdong Company, and in 2000 he and the company remitted $ 3.22 million to Russell Property for wealthy Chinese businessman Xu Ming and used it on the French Riviera. I testified that I bought a villa. Bo Xilai’s wife, Gu Kailai.

Lee’s testimony was part of the important evidence that led to Bo Xilai’s conviction. The RFA report questioned why Lee was not charged in the case and was allowed to continue his business in China, but then democratized in Hong Kong until he was arrested in November 2019. I supported the anti-democratic movement.