Hong Kong media tycoon sentenced to 14 months for pro-democracy protests

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

17th Apr, 2021. 11:30 am
Jimmy Lai Hong Kong tycoon

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 14 months of imprisonment as he has been found guilty of unauthorized assembly.

As per the details, Lai, 73, founder of Apple Daily, was one of the several activities that were earlier found guilty of charges related to pro-democracy protests in 2019.

He was sentenced to 12 months for 18 August protests and another 8 months for 31 August. According to the international news agency, the judge ordered for the sentences to be served concurrently except for two months. Former lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan has also been imprisoned for both protests.

Moreover, Lai faced another 6 charges, two of which were imposed under Hong Kong’s new National Security Law.

Many other activists were also sentenced on Friday for taking part in two protests; on 18 August and 31 August 2019. They include campaigner Martin Lee, 82, and lawyer Margaret Ng, 73.

Mr. Lai’s Apple Daily newspaper published a handwritten letter by him. The letter reads, “It is our responsibility as journalists to seek justice. As long as we are not blinded by unjust temptations, as long as we do not let evil get its way through us, we are fulfilling our responsibility.”

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