torsdag 11. november 2021

Hong Kong prosecutors cite Dominic Raab comments in bid to deny bail for Apple Daily boss

A Hong Kong newspaper executive on trial for national security offences had his bail denied in part because of comments made by Dominic Raab after his arrest, which prosecutors cited as evidence of a “close association” with foreign political groups.

The ruling handed down on 5 November against Cheung Kim-hung, the former chief executive of Apple Daily’s parent company Next Digital Media, also cited the US awarding of a congressional medal to Cheung and his colleagues, and a statement by the US state department. Cheung is facing charges of conspiracy to commit foreign collusionalongside the company’s founder Jimmy Lai, and editor-in-chief Ryan Law Wai-kwong. Convictions for national security crimes “of a grave nature” attract sentences of 10 years to life in prison. Corporate entities Apple Daily Limited, Apple Daily Printing Limited and AD Internet Limited, are also on trial.