fredag 28. mai 2021

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed again as Tiananmen vigil banned

The jailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to an extra 14 months in prison over his conviction for an unauthorised assembly in 2019, alongside fellow activists who were also jailed on Friday for up to 18 months. The case came on the same day as a separate ruling that suggested speaking critically in foreign media interviews could breach the national security laws.

The rulings came a week before the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Authorities have banned a vigil for the second year in a row, citing pandemic concerns about crowding, despite allowing other crowded events in recent days. Friday’s sentencing was one of several cases against Lai and other pro-democracy activists including Lee Cheuk-yan, Figo Chan, Albert Ho and Leung Kwok-hung, who is known in Hong Kong as Long Hair.

Lee, Chan, Ho and Leung were each sentenced to 18 months in prison, while two others received suspended sentences. All the individuals jailed on Friday were among 10 sentenced earlier this month for other unauthorised protests held in August that same year. In that case, Lai, Lee, and Leung were given jail terms, while Ho was given a suspended sentence.