The Hong Kong judiciary on Friday finally overturned another 14-month sentence on media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who was convicted of an unauthorized protest against the extradition law to mainland China in 2019 for his role in the organization.
The 73-year-old defendant had already been sentenced to a further 14 months in prison for participating in two further demonstrations, which is why his stay in prison has now been extended to a total of 20 months.
Together with him, according to the newspaper “The South China Morning Post”, seven other activists were sentenced to prison terms of up to 18 months for the same crime.
In late 2019, a Hong Kong court issued preventive detention against the tycoon after denying bail the day after he was arrested for fraud. Lai was arrested in August of that year, along with eight other people, on charges of conspiring with foreign agents to destabilize national security.
His arrest came shortly after activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to 13.5 months in prison after pleading guilty to hours of besieging a police station during violent protests against the government in 2019.