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Hong Kong of Courtt News of Hong Kong's pro-democracy mogul Lai Zhiying ruled that the evidence was established and the defense was postponed
Jimmy Lai, the founder of Apple Daily, talked about the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law in an interview in Hong Kong. (29 May 2020)

On Monday ( June 6), the trial of the so-called "fraud" case involving Hong Kong's pro-democracy benchmark figure, Next Media Group founder Lai Zhiying and Executive Director Huang Weiqiang, continued. The prosecution completed the proof, and District Court Judge Chen Guangchi ruled that the two defendants " The evidence is established."

According to Hong Kong media reports, Lai Zhiying and Huang Weiqiang chose not to defend themselves nor to call witnesses to testify. The judge adjourned the case to August 24 for closing speeches. During this period, Lai Zhiying continued to be detained, and Huang Weiqiang continued to be released on bail.

In Hong Kong's judicial practice, "substantiation"

judicial practice, "substantiation" generally only occurs in criminal cases. After the judge hears the prosecution's testimony, the defense can apply for the defendant to "no need to plead," which means that the defense believes that the evidence presented by the prosecution is not sufficient to convict and does not need to plead guilty to the conviction at all. The adjudicator will choose whether the "proof is laid out". 

If the judge considers that the evidence presented by the prosecution is ostensibly established, it will rule that "the evidence is established" and the defense will begin the defense proceedings.

Lai Zhiying and Huang Weiqiang were respectively accused by the Hong Kong government of subletting part of the space at the headquarters of Next Media Group Tseung Kwan O Industrial Village (Village) from April 1998 to May 2020, which was leased from the official owner Science and Technology Park Company to Lego Consultants Co., Ltd. company. 

Ligao Company is a company that Li Zhiying and foreign assistant Mark Simon have been operating since 1988. The registered address used to be in the headquarters building of Next Media. Some analysts said that the Hong Kong authorities, at the behest of Beijing, intend to crack down on Jimmy Lai, who is actively involved in Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, as well as Next Media and Apple Daily founded by him.

Jimmy Lai, nearly 75, is one of the highest-profile pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong to be charged under the national security law. The purpose of the "Hong Kong version of the National Security Law" by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping at the end of June 2020 is to suppress Hong Kong's pro-democracy faction and restrict the various freedoms and rights granted to Hong Kong people by the Hong Kong Basic Law, especially freedom of speech and the press, as well as demonstrations, protests, and protests. Freedom of assembly puts Hong Kong under full control of the CCP.

Hong Kong, US Vice President Pence and Secretary of State:

In July 2019, one month after the anti-extradition movement broke out in Hong Kong, US Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo met with Jimmy Lai in Washington to discuss the situation in Hong Kong, including the progress of Hong Kong's amendment to the extradition law and Hong Kong's independent tariffs District status, etc. 

Jimmy Lai said that the people of Hong Kong are fighting a war of values ​​with the CCP with the United States. The move aroused strong dissatisfaction in Beijing, accusing him of "harming Hong Kong and the people". Li Zhiying responded that it was an honor to be accused by China.

In October 2019, Jimmy Lai met with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Pelosi, and four senators to discuss the situation in Hong Kong. On April 18, 2020, the police prepared to arrest Jimmy Lai on charges of illegal assembly.

Gang of Four:

In May 2020, Jimmy Lai was listed as the leader of the "Gang of Four", the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, for his resolute opposition to the "Hong Kong version of the National Security Law" that the CCP was planning to force.

National Security Law in Hong Kong:

On August 10, after the CCP imposed the National Security Law in Hong Kong at the end of June 2020, the National Security Division of the Hong Kong Police Force dispatched 200 police officers to search the headquarters of the Next Media Building in Tseung Kwan O on charges of violating the National Security Law and fraud and arrested Li Zhiying of Next Media again. people.

Refused bail On December 3, 2020:

On December 3, 2020, Jimmy Lai was re-arrested on charges of fraud and refused bail. The court ordered him to be jailed until April 2021. By December 11, he was charged by the police with the crime of "colluding with a foreign country or foreign forces to endanger national security", making him the first person to be charged with this crime and attracting great attention from all walks of life.

On June 17, 2021, the National Security Department again arrested five senior executives of Next Media and Apple Daily on suspicion of violating the National Security Law, including Next Media CEO Zhang Jianhong, Next Media Group Chief Operating Officer Zhou Daquan, Apple Daily Vice President Chen Peimin, and Editor-in-Chief Luo Weiguanghe Zhang Zhiwei, director of Apple's news platform, sent hundreds of police officers to search the Next Media headquarters again. 

Subsequently, the police froze the assets of the three companies of Apple Daily with a total of 18 million yuan for "suspected violation of the National Security Law", forcing Hong Kong's only newspaper that firmly supports democracy to be forced to suspend publication on June 24.

Jimmy Lai participated in many 2019 to 2020:

Jimmy Lai participated in many demonstrations from 2019 to 2020 and was subsequently charged with multiple charges. Jimmy Lai and other defendants were convicted on April 1, 2021, of participating in the "anti-extradition demonstration on August 18, 2019" and were subsequently sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison in May 2021 for participating in the "November 2019 Parade". Part of the sentences in both cases will be executed concurrently, with a total sentence of 20 months.

In December 2021, Jimmy Lai was convicted for the third time for participating in the "2020 Rally Commemorating the Victims of the Tiananmen June 4 Massacre" and was subsequently sentenced to 13 months in prison. The sentence, in this case, will be executed at the same time as in the previous two cases, and the total sentence will be maintained for 20 months.

The persecution of Jimmy Lai by Hong Kong authorities has drawn strong criticism from Western countries and international human rights groups, who have accused the Hong Kong government of using the national security law to detain about 170 pro-democracy activists and suppress dissidents. The Hong Kong government and Beijing argue that the implementation of the national security law has restored social stability in Hong Kong.

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