Elderly HK cardinal in court over protest defence fund

Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen leaves after an appearance at a court in Hong Kong as he was charged in relation to their past fundraising for activists, on May 24, 2022. - AP

HONG KONG (AFP): Ninety-year-old retired Catholic cardinal Joseph Zen appeared in a Hong Kong court Tuesday (May 24) charged with failing to properly register a protest defence fund, after he was initially arrested under the city's national security law.

Zen, one of Asia's highest-ranking Catholic clerics, was among five prominent democracy advocates -- including activist and singer Denise Ho and veteran human rights barrister Margaret Ng -- who were detained earlier this month.

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