HONG KONG, September 3
A Hong Kong courtroom declared media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai not responsible of legal intimidation on Thursday, ending one a number of instances in opposition to him after his high-profile arrest final month beneath a brand new nationwide safety legislation.
Thursday’s verdict was for a case that dates again to 2017 and was unrelated to his arrest. Lai, who’s a key critic of Beijing, had used foul language when confronting a reporter from Oriental Daily News, a serious competitor to Lai’s tabloid Apple Daily. The police, nevertheless, solely charged him in February this 12 months. The mainland-born media magnate had pleaded not responsible. Dressed in a light-weight gray swimsuit and inexperienced shirt, he smiled after the decision was learn out and shook palms with supporters who crammed the courtroom. He
was arrested for suspected collusion with international forces on August 10. — Reuters