Jimmy Lai imprisoned by HK Tycoon sentenced to 14 months for unlawful session on October 1st

Hong Kong — Hong Kong media mogul and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) dissident Jimmy Lai said he attended an unauthorized rally on October 1, 2019, 14 months on Friday. Was sentenced to imprisonment. That year, a democratic movement gathered.

This month, Lai has already been sentenced to up to 14 months in prison for participating in similar demonstrations on August 18 and 31, 2019. Nine other activists have been unlicensed. Convicted in district court for organizing a rally.

He has been imprisoned since December after being denied bail in another “national security” trial, which highlights China’s reform of Hong Kong’s judicial system to meet the needs of the Chinese Communist Party. Lai is under new legislation imposed by Beijing in 2020 on the former British colony in response to protests against large-scale anti-Beijing and democratic movements, including “collusion with foreign countries.” So, I have been charged with three crimes.

Mr. Lai’s repeated arrests have sparked criticism from Western governments and international human rights groups who have expressed concern about the decline of freedom in the world’s financial hubs, including freedom of speech and assembly.

Beijing calls Guangzhou-born Rye a traitor and an “anti-China” instigator of his criticism of the Chinese Communist Party.

Beijing describes a comprehensive security law that punishes everything the Chinese Communist Party considers to be “subversion, separatism, terrorism, and collusion with foreign powers” with life imprisonment. The administration argues that despite widespread anger from Hong Kongers and the international community, new Hong Kong law is essential to “restoring stability and prosperity.”

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On October 1, 2020, a group of Hong Kongers was arrested by local police in Hong Kong’s Copper Way Bay. (Song Bilung / The Epoch Times)
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Students and other people gathered during a demonstration at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on August 22, 2019. (Vincent Yu / AP)

Judge Amanda Woodcock, who ruled Rye in a previous unlawful session in April, sentenced Rye on Friday. She said some of the new decisions would be enforced in succession. That is, Rye. Has faced a total of 20 months in prison so far.

Mr Woodcock said he found some of the defendants’ allegations that their march on October 1, China’s founding day, was peaceful, “naive and unrealistic.”

There was a big clash that day, with police firing live ammunition at protesters wielding long sticks and using pistols for the first time after months of demonstration.

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Protesters attend a rally in Wan Chai District, Hong Kong on October 1, 2019 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China. (Anthony Wallace / AFP / Getty Images)

Activists Figo Chan, Lee Chukyan, Albert Ho, and Leon Quochon, known as Long Hair in Hong Kong, were sentenced to 18 months each for two charges in the case and sentenced at the same time. Will be handed down.

“Judge, I have been working towards democratic reform in China for over 40 years,” Lee said in court at one of the hearings this week. “This is my unrequited love, my love for my country with a very heavy heart.”

The ruling came two weeks after authorities frozen Mr. Lai’s assets, including bank accounts and a 71.26% stake in media publisher Next Digital.

According to a document seen by Reuters, Hong Kong security officers sent a letter this month to the branches of Rye, HSBC and Citibank.

The move could jeopardize any attempt by liberty and democratic activists to return offshore assets to their homeland and support the troubled next digital newspaper Apple Apple Daily, Lai said. Said one of his financial advisers.

By Jesse Pan and James Pomfret. Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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