søndag 16. mai 2021

Hong Kong Freezes Assets of Pro-Democracy Media Magnate Jimmy Lai

Authorities in Hong Kong on Friday froze the personal assets of jailed pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai, under new powers granted to police under a national security law, and amid an ongoing crackdown on public dissent and political opposition in the city.Lai, who is currently serving a 14-month jail term for taking part in "illegal assemblies" during the 2019 protest movement, is also awaiting trial on charges of "collusion with foreign powers" under the law.

Lai's 71-percent stake in the Next Digital media conglomerate he founded, along with property in local banks of three companies owned by him were frozen under Article 43 of the National Security Law for Hong Kong, the city's Security Bureau said. It also warned: "Relevant persons and organizations must not, directly or indirectly, deal with certain property which is reasonably suspected to be related to offenses endangering national security."

Hong Kong police’s national security department brought one charge of collusion with a foreign power to endanger national security against Lai on Dec. 11, 2020, and a further two charges of conspiracy to commit the same offense were brought on April 16, 2021.