Lai pleads guilty over ‘illegal assembly’


HONG KONG: Media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and nine others pleaded guilty to organising an illegal assembly on Oct 1,2019.

Other than Lai, former legislators Albert Ho Chun-yan, Lee Cheuk-yan, Leung Kwok-hung, Yeung Sum, Cyd Ho, Sin Chung-kai, and activists Figo Chan, Avery Ng and Richard Tsoi pleaded guilty in the District Court to one count of organising an unauthorised assembly.

Judge Amanda Woodcock will deliver the sentences on May 28.

Founder of the Apple Daily newspaper, Lai, 73, also faces other cases.

He was sentenced in April to 14 months in prison over two separate unauthorised protests in August of 2019, when anti-government protests rocked the Asian financial hub.

He also faces charges under the National Security Law.

Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has frozen some of the media tycoon’s assets, citing Article 43 of the National Security Law.

Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu issued notices to freeze all shares of his Next Digital Ltd, as well as local bank accounts of three companies owned by Lai, the government said in a statement.

Shares of Next Digital have been suspended from trading on Hong Kong’s exchange. Next Digital runs Apple Daily. — China Daily/ANN

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