'In Hong Kong, many still remember the shocking scene of their beloved media
mogul Jimmy Lai heading to court to face charges of foreign collusion.
In 2020, the then 73-year-old was handcuffed and led with a chain by a masked
policeman, with another three officers surrounding him on his way to the court
Mr Lai, the founder of Hong Kong's most popular pro-democracy newspaper Apple
Daily, was arrested at his home in August 2020 on suspicion of "collusion with
foreign forces" and conspiracy to commit fraud.
He will face trial today on the national security charge, but already Mr Lai,
who also holds UK nationality, has been sentenced to 20 months in jail over his
participation in pro-democracy protests in 2019.
On Saturday, Mr Lai also faced trial over business fraud allegations and was
sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.
This week he was supposed to face trial in what was regarded as a fresh test of
Hong Kong's two-year-old national security law, which had been brought in by
Beijing and outlawed secessionist activities as well as "foreign collusion".
To date, the billionaire media mogul is the most high-profile figure to be
arrested under the law and face life in prison if convicted.'
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics