On human rights an aberration. Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai, charged under Hong Kong’s national security law, convicted could face life imprisonment.
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo: “Hong Kong’s National Security Law makes a mockery of justice.”
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai “should be released immediately,” he tweeted.
Hong Kong mediaperson, pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai has appeared in court to face charges of violating Beijing’s national security law. The legislation is aimed at cracking down on anti-government activities in the Chinese territory.
The founder of the Apple Daily newspaper, known for its critical stance against Beijing, was indicted on Friday for allegedly colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security.
In the first court hearing on Saturday, prosecutors claimed that Lai committed the alleged offenses by posting around 1,000 comments on Twitter and giving a number of media interviews after the end of June, when the legislation came into force, through December 1.
The court denied Lai bail and adjourned the case until April 16 next year. He will most likely remain in detention until that date.
During the proceeding, Lai greeted his supporters sitting in the gallery from time to time by raising his hand. After the session, supporters called out to him to express their solidarity.
The trial is presided over by a judge designated by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to handle cases related to the national security law.
There is a growing view in the pro-democracy camp that a harsh ruling will be handed down