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Jailed Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai who is currently in jail has been sentenced to another 14 months of imprisonment for organizing an unauthorized assembly inn October 2019, the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China.

Approximately 1.7 million people marched in these protests. Lai, who founded the Apple Daily newspaper, faced three charges over his involvement in the demonstrations.

Lai, who has already been under custody for taking part in earlier protests, now has to serve a total of 20 months after found guilty of organizing and participating in an unlawful assembly.

Nine other activists were also pleaded guilty to organizing it. Lai, faced three charges over his involvement in the demonstrations. Others found guilty in the case include politician and barrister Martin Lee.

The 82-year-old was born before Hong Kong became independent from British rule and has been a staunch supporter of democracy. Others convicted in the case include prominent barrister Margaret Ng and veteran democrats Lee Cheuk-yan, Yeung Sum, Albert Ho, Leung Kwok-hung, Cyd Ho, Au Nok-hin, and Leung Yiu-Chung.

Lai is a prominent face in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement who has been arrested and released several times.

 

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