Jimmy Lai, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for his role in pro-democracy protests in the city. Jimmy Lai is a billionaire media tycoon of Hong Kong. He was convicted in an unauthorized rally on Friday, along with several pro-democracy activists and lawmakers.
Lai, the founder of the pro-democracy Apple Daily, has long been a target of China’s crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement.
He was convicted in two separate trials for protesting on August 16 and August 31, 2019. For the first event he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, which was reduced to three months, and for the second to eight months imprisonment, he was given a total of 14 months imprisonment.
Lai had already been sent to prison after his sentence was handed over on Friday after he was charged separately under China’s National Security Act last August.
Earlier this week, the Apple Daily released a handwritten letter from Lai to prison.
The Journalist says “As a journalist, we must seek justice. Unless we are blinded by unjust temptations, unless we allow evil to run through us, we are fulfilling our duty.”
Among those convicted on Friday was Martin Leo, founder of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong. Lee was given 11 months in prison, which was suspended for 24 months. China made a national security law on Hong Kong last June. This allowed the Chinese government to establish a formal police presence in the city, and experts say it effectively ended the city’s democratic independence and political autonomy from the mainland.
Lai predicted that he would be arrested under that law, writing for the New York Times in May: “I fear that one day the Chinese Communist Party will become tired of not only the free press of Hong Kong but also of its free people.” The day has finally come. “