Jimmy Lai was one among many activists who appeared in courtroom on Friday. Mr Lai was sentenced to 14 months in jail whereas none others acquired jail time or suspended sentences. Mr Lai, 73, has been in jail since December after being denied bail in a separate trial. Mr Lai’s repeated arrests have drawn a lot criticism from western international locations watching the state of affairs unfold in Hong Kong, a few of which have brazenly drawn issues over waning freedoms within the former British colony and buzzing monetary hub.
Who’s Jimmy Lai?
Jimmy Lai, or his Chinese language identify Lai Chee-Ying, is an entrepreneur from Hong Kong.
The billionaire has owned numerous listed firms, however most notably he’s a media mogul and heads pro-democracy opposition newspaper, Apple Every day.
Mr Lai was arrested over his connections to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that occurred in 2019.
Earlier this week, Apple Every day revealed a hand-written letter Mr Lai despatched to his colleagues from jail, saying: “It’s our accountability as journalists to hunt justice.
“So long as we don’t let evil get its means by way of us, we’re fulfilling our accountability.”
The opposite defendants within the August 18 case, additionally discovered responsible, included outstanding barrister Margaret Ng and veteran democrats Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho, Leung Kwok-hung, Cyd Ho, Auk Nok-hin and Leung You-chung.
They acquired sentences of as much as 18 months, whereas Ms Ng was given a suspended sentence.
Throughout her mitigation speech, Ms Ng stated the regulation should not solely be defended in courts or the legislature, but in addition within the streets.
She stated: “When the folks, within the final resort, needed to give collective expression to their anguish and urge the federal government to reply, protected solely by their expectation that the federal government will respect their rights, I have to be ready to face with them, stand by them and rise up for them.”