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Illegal assembly: Prima facie case established against Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying is taken under police escort to the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts for trial, in Hong Kong, Dec 12, 2020. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

HONG KONG – The District Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ruled on Thursday that the prima facie evidence of an unauthorized assembly case on June 4 last year involving media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying stands.

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The eight defendants including Lai were accused of inciting others to participate in an illegal assembly in Victoria Park of Hong Kong last year, and the case was heard again at the District Court on Monday.

Five of the defendants, including Lee Cheuk-yan, confessed their offenses Monday. The judge adjourned proceedings for the five pleading guilty until Nov 12, for mitigation pleas and sentencing.

Three others involved in the case, Lai, Chow Hang-tung and Gwyneth Ho, denied their charges on Monday.

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There were 26 people involved in the case, including Lai, Lee, Albert Ho Chun-yan, Joshua Wong and others. Twenty-one have pleaded guilty or been sentenced earlier on.

The remaining two, including Nathan Law, have fled Hong Kong. Arrest warrants have been issued for them.