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Hong Kong’s Lai Charged With Collusion Under Security Law

  • Controversial legislation was enacted by China over summer
  • Lai is a prominent pro-democracy activist and media tycoon
Jimmy Lai at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Center in Hong Kong on Dec. 12.
Jimmy Lai at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Center in Hong Kong on Dec. 12.Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong media tycoon and prominent pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai is being charged with foreign collusion under the city’s sweeping national security law, a move likely to prompt further international criticism of China’s political crackdown on the former British colony.

The charges were reported by local media on Friday and appeared to later be confirmed by police in a statement that didn’t specifically mention Lai by name, as per the force’s typical practice.