torsdag 3. september 2020

Hong Kong court acquits media mogul Jimmy Lai of intimidation

The Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been cleared of criminal intimidation charges dating from 2017, bringing to a close one of several cases against him. On Thursday Lai, who has been arrested multiple times this year mostly in relation to pro-democracy activities, was acquitted of intimidating a reporter from the pro-Beijing Oriental Daily, a rival newspaper to his pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily, during a 2017 vigil to mark the 4 June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

During the trial, at West Kowloon court, prosecutors alleged Lai’s foul language towards the reporter during a confrontation, which was caught on video, amounted to intimidation. Lai, who was charged over the incident only in February this year, pleaded not guilty.