Although Lai Zhixing, the founder of the “Apple Daily”, is already in prison, the authorities are determined to shut up the local media, which most publicly criticize China’s central government. Two of the five officials arrested on Thursday were remanded in custody on Saturday.
After being arrested on Thursday, June 17 and prosecuted under the strict New National Security Law (LSN) on Friday, Cheung Kim-hung, managing director of Next Digital News Group, and editor of tabloid d’opposition Apple DailyRyan Law was remanded in custody on Saturday, June 19.
On Thursday morning, the police arrested the five main leaders of the Chinese Democratic Movement at their homes, stating that they “Suspected of colluding with foreign forces”It is one of the four crimes covered by LSN. Beijing implemented it in the spring of 2020 after several months of unrest and anti-government riots in 2019, and took effect on June 30, 2020. The crime they were accused of was titled “collaborating with foreign or external forces to endanger national security.” He will face life imprisonment. Three of the five defendants were released on Friday night after being detained by the police for more than 36 hours.
On Saturday, at the end of the first hearing between the two defendants, Judge Su Shengwu decided to detain the two men in prison, citing the conditions cited in the National Security Law, which recommended that the defendants be detained almost automatically. The principles are different. The principle of “common law” is exactly the opposite of the Hong Kong legal system.
“The criminal suspect or defendant shall not be granted parole unless the judge has sufficient evidence to convince him that the criminal suspect or defendant will not continue to commit acts endangering national security.”, So it means Article 42 of LSN. When a case is handled under LSN, it takes precedence over any other legal principles or concepts of justice.
However, their lawyers announced a series of measures to appease the judge: the defendant promised to leave his post and no longer make any public comments in any form. They also offered to return their passports and pay a large deposit. One of the two even suggested being placed under house arrest.But the judge felt that all this did not eliminate the risk of the two “Continue to endanger national security”…