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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Beijing Critic Jimmy Lai Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison for Oct. 1 Illegal Assembly

Hong Kong on Friday decided to levy a new prison sentence of 14 months against jailed prominent media tycoon and outspoken Beijing critic Jimmy Lai over his role in an illegal assembly on Oct. 1, 2019.

The unauthorized assembly that took place on October 1st, China’s National Day, about two years ago was deemed as one of the highlights of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations that happened in 2019.

Earlier this month, Lai and nine other activists had pleaded guilty in District Court for instigating an assembly deemed illegal by Hong Kong authorities.

Lai was already serving sentences adding up to 14 months for his involvement in two other pro-democracy movements that happened on Aug.18 and Aug. 31, 2019.

The media tycoon has been imprisoned since December 2020 when a court denied his bail in a separate national security trial.

Under the new national security legislation that China implemented in Hong Kong in 2020, Lai has been charged with three cases, including collusion with a foreign country.

According to the judge that handed down Lai’s sentence on Friday, part of his new sentence would be served concurrently. This means that Lai would be serving 20 months of prison sentence in total.

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