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Apple Daily executives denied bail in Hong Kong

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Apple Daily executives denied bail in Hong Kong

By Xinhua & Agencies

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 18:12
By Xinhua & Agencies

The building of the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts in Hong Kong on Dec 3, 2020. (CALVIN NG/CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – Two executives of Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily charged under the National Security Law were denied bail on Saturday.

Editor-in-chief Ryan Law Wai-kwong, 47, and chief executive officer of Apple Daily’s parent company Next Digital Cheung Kim-hung, 59, were among five Apple Daily executives arrested on Thursday.

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Law and Cheung were accused of conspiring with Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai Chee-ying between July 1, 2020 and April 3, 2021 to request a foreign country or an institution, person or organization outside the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao to impose sanctions or blockade, or engage in other hostile activities against Hong Kong or the country.

Three companies related to Apple Daily that are also being prosecuted for collusion with a foreign country appointed people to represent them in court

The duo, who are charged with collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security, appeared at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Saturday and were denied bail by Judge Victor So.

They will next appear in court on Aug 13.

Three companies related to Apple Daily that are also being prosecuted for collusion with a foreign country appointed people to represent them in court. Authorities have frozen HK$18 million (US$2.32 million) of the companies’ assets.

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The other three executives arrested on Thursday-Next Digital Chief Operating Officer Chow Tat-kuen, the paper’s Deputy Chief Editor Chan Pui-man and Chief Executive Editor Cheung Chi-wai- were released on bail late on Friday.

Lai is already in jail for taking part in unauthorized assemblies and awaiting trial in his national security case.

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