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As China Hits Jimmy Lai, a Bitter Tabloid Feud May Lead to Jail

  • Pro-democracy tycoon faces five court cases and seven charges
  • Lai also arrested under the Hong Kong national security law
Jimmy Lai on Aug. 14.

Jimmy Lai on Aug. 14.

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Even as Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai looks to defend himself against possible charges under China’s national security law, a long-running feud with a rival tabloid may see him end up in jail.

Lai’s trial for “criminal intimidation” in 2017 of a reporter from the Oriental Daily News, a fierce competitor to his flagship Apple Daily, is set for closing arguments on Friday. If convicted, he faces as many as five years in prison. Lai has pleaded not guilty.