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Lai Chee-Ying, the media tycoon better known as Jimmy Lai

The Hong Kong media mogul, known for his pro-democracy stances, was arrested this Wednesday when he was already in prison.

According to the agency Reuters, the latest charges against Jimmy Lai concern the 12 fugitives from the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement who tried to escape by boat to Taiwan in August last year, but who were eventually caught.

The media mogul is being accused of helping one of those people, his tabloid reported Apple Daily, adding that although Lai was already in prison, where he was waiting for a hearing scheduled for this Thursday, he was detained once more.

THE tycoon The media was arrested on charges of violating the controversial national security law, which was implemented by Beijing last year, when he was already detained after the December charges of collusion with foreign forces.

The fugitives, who were detained in mainland China, face possible charges in Hong Kong because of protests against the Government in 2019. Andy Li, who the newspapers identified as the person Lai tried to help, is also being investigated for suspicions of crimes against national security.

Ten of the detainees were convicted of illegally crossing the border or organizing the crossing, and received sentences ranging from seven months to three years in prison. The other two are minors and have therefore been taken back to Hong Kong.

Jimmy Lai, 72, owns two pro-democracy publications often critical of Beijing and Hong Kong, the daily Apple Daily it’s the Next Magazine. Seen by many Hong Kong residents as a hero, he is called by the official Chinese media as a “traitor”.

A national security law imposed by China punishes subversive activities, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with penalties that can go to life in prison.

The diploma was denounced by the United States, the European Union and non-governmental organizations for the defense of human rights, considering that it undermines the autonomy of the territory and threatens fundamental freedoms, under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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