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Beijing Empowers Hong Kong Chief Executive To Direct Local Courts on National Security-related Trials
The immediate effect is that Jimmy Lai would lose his right to hire an overseas lawyer to defend against foreign collusion charges, which could lead to a maximum life sentence.
Jimmy Lai’s case could be complicated as six former staff members of Apple Daily and Next Digital pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit collusion last year.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and several other activists have been charged with taking part in an “unlawful assembly” in connection with a 2019 street protest.
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is among those sentenced for their role in a pro-democracy march in 2019. The defendants were found guilty this month of organizing and participating in unauthorized assemblies.