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Security law: Hong Kong justice dept. ‘appalled’ by foreign officials demanding release of media tycoon Jimmy Lai

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The Hong Kong Department of Justice (DoJ) has said it is “appalled” by overseas government officials who are demanding the release of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who is facing trial under the Beijing-enacted national security law.

In a statement issued on Saturday night, the DoJ said, without naming Lai and any foreign officials, that no one should interfere with its independent prosecutorial decisions that were based on admissible evidence and applicable laws.

Jimmy Lai. File Photo: Todd Darling.

The Apple Daily owner, already in custody pending trial over alleged fraud, was transported to court in chains for allegedly colluding with foreign forces on Saturday. It is an offence punishable by life imprisonment under the sweeping security legislation imposed by Beijing on the semi-autonomous region on June 30.



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