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Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail under security law
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been denied bail while awaiting trial under a controversial new national security law.
Mr Lai, 73, is accused of conspiring with foreign forces to endanger national security, and could face a lengthy jail term.
He is the most high-profile person charged under the law.
Mr Lai founded the Apple Daily newspaper and is a fierce critic of the authorities in mainland China.
The tycoon was originally arrested under the law in August 2020 after a police raid on Apple Daily’s head office. He was released on bail but then rearrested in December.
Hong Kong’s court of final appeal ruled that a lower court was wrong to release Mr Lai briefly from detention.
However, the judges ruled that Mr Lai could make another bail application.
Previously, those accused of non-violent crimes in Hong Kong were routinely granted bail, but the new law removes that presumption.
China introduced the security law in the territory last year, saying it would ensure stability, but critics say it has silenced dissent.
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