Apr 1, 2021
Hong Kong: Media mogul Jimmy Lai found guilty over 2019 mass protests
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and six former lawmakers have been found guilty of unauthorised assembly, in the latest blow to the city's pro-democracy movement. The defence team said that freedom of assembly is protected under Hong Kong's constitution, and that authorities had approved a demonstration which then grew into the unauthorised march. The prosecution argued that freedom of assembly - while granted in the constitution - was not absolute in Hong Kong. Billionaire media mogul Jimmy Lai is one of the most prominent supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement - and faces separate charges under Beijing's national security law. Britain handed back Hong Kong to China in 1997 with a handover agreement detailing a "One country, two systems" principle which until 2047 was to give the territory more freedoms than the mainland.
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