CHINA Jimmy Lai denied bail by Hong Kong court


Jimmy Lai denied bail by Hong Kong court


19:00, February 18, 2021

File photo: Xinhua

HONG KONG, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Jimmy Lai Chee-ying will remain in custody after being denied bail Thursday by the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Lai, charged with fraud and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security, has been denied bail multiple times since standing trial in December.

He was recently arrested again while in jail for assisting a suspect to flee to Taiwan and also for colluding with foreign forces to endanger national security, according to local media.

Lai reportedly conspired with others including Chan Tsz-wah and Li Yu-hin to request foreign forces to impose sanctions or blockade or engaged in other hostile activities against the HKSAR or China. After Li was arrested and bailed, Lai and some others assisted Li to flee to Taiwan to escape prosecution.

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