Jimmy Lai and Staff Face New Sedition Charges

Hong Kong prosecutors have filed a ‘seditious publications’ charge against jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Tuesday.

The additional sedition charge accused Lai of conspiracy to print, publish, sell and distribute “seditious publications” between April 2019 and June 24, 2021.

Prosecutors said the publications could “bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection” against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments, according to the charge sheet seen by Reuters.

Lai was among the most prominent people charged under the national security law enacted in June 2020 to punish terrorism, collusion with foreign forces, subversion, and secession with possible life imprisonment.

Lai has been convicted in several unauthorized assembly cases, detained for over a year, and is now in the maximum-security Stanley Prison in solitary confinement.

The prosecutors also filed the same conspiracy to produce seditious publications charge against Lai’s six former Apple Daily staff also accused of “conspiracy to commit collusion with a foreign country or with external elements.”

Earlier this year, Hong Kong authorities shut Apple Daily after raiding its office and arresting its staff members.  

Authorities also froze the media’s assets worth $2.3 million. 


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