Billionaire Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been imprisoned over his role in pro-democracy protests. Mr Lai, founder of opposition newspaper Apple Daily, was one of several activists who appeared in court on Friday who had been earlier found guilty of taking part in “unauthorised assemblies” during mass pro-democracy protests in 2019. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison while nine others received jail time or suspended sentences. The 73-year-old is a fierce critic of Beijing and his sentence comes as the mainland is increasingly cracking down on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms. Mr Lai has been in jail since December after being denied bail in a separate national security trial . Advertisement District court judge Amanda Woodcock said even though the 18 August assembly was peaceful there was a “latent risk of possible violence” and that a deterrent sentence and “immediate imprisonment” was appropriate. More from China COVID-19: China’s post-pandemic rebound levels off as GDP growth slows to 0.6% Batches of 50 to 100 Uighur workers are being advertised on the Chinese internet A battle for green supremacy between the US and China could help save the planet Parliament’s email system less secure than Gmail, says MP… Read full this story
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