The Hong Kong High Court on Thursday again denied bail to distinguished democracy advocate and newspaper writer Jimmy Lai.
Lai has been charged below a controversial nationwide safety legislation for “colluding with foreign forces.”
He was detained and charged in December, and was initially granted bail on situation of home arrest, however was shortly thrown again into jail after prosecutors efficiently overturned the ruling.
The excessive court Thursday upheld a ruling handed down final week from the Court of Final Appeal (CFA), which mentioned the preliminary bail granted by a decrease court had utilized an “erroneous line of reasoning.”
Under the brand new Beijing-imposed legislation, the onus is on the defendant to show they’d not pose a menace to nationwide safety if launched on bail. This differs from Hong Kong’s frequent law-based system, which requires the prosecution to show flight danger.
The court mentioned it is going to announce its reasoning for rejecting Lai’s utility at a later date.
Why was Lai arrested?
Lai was initially arrested in August when some 200 law enforcement officials raided the newsroom of his Apple Daily tabloid newspaper.
Prosecutors accuse him of breaching the safety legislation over statements he made on July 30 and August 18. They allege that he requested international interference in Hong Kong’s affairs.
Lai is one in all a number of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists being charged below a nationwide safety legislation handed by Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing management in June 2020, which critics say erodes civil liberties Hong Kong has loved as a semi-autonomous territory.
The legislation punishes “subversion, secession, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces” with as much as life in jail. Lai is because of face trial in April.
However, the legislation has been thought of by critics as a instrument for Beijing to crackdown on opposition to its rule that exploded following months-long pro-democracy protests in 2019.