Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison due to Unauthorized Assembly

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 12 months in prison on Friday for his participation in an unauthorized peaceful protest point deemed as one of the city’s biggest pro-democracy assemblies in the Chinese-ruled city.

According to the organizers of the unauthorized assembly, approximately 1.7 million people – about 25% of the population of Hong Kong – have turned out and joined the democratic rally.

This protest played a significant role that incited numerous pro-democracy movements that took place across Hong Kong throughout 2019.

Hong Kong District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock handed down a 15-month sentence to Lai. However, his jail term has been mitigated and was reduced by three months.

Lai has been considered as one of the most influential and prominent pro-democracy figures in the city.

He has been sentenced along with nine other veteran opposition campaigners on Friday on same ground of holding and leading an unauthorized peaceful assembly.

According to the supporters of the defendants, the jail terms given to the defendants are some of the latest signs of the fundamental transformation that China aimed to impose on Hong Kong to clamp down on the brimming political dissent in the city.

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