Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail in case under Chinese national security law

Lai is already in custody, having been charged in December under a national security law Beijing imposed on the city last year. 

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The case is being closely watched as it shows how Hong Kong’s independent judiciary resolves any conflicts between the security law drafted in Beijing, where courts come under the Communist Party and the city’s common law traditions.Apple Daily, which is owned by Lai, reported that the 73-year-old was arrested inside Stanley Prison on Tuesday.

Lai is already in custody, having been charged in December under a national security law Beijing imposed on the city last year. The new law puts the onus on the defendant to prove they would not be a national security threat if released on bail. Under Hong Kong’s common law-based legal system, the onus has traditionally been on the prosecution to prove its case.

Beijing imposed the national security law on the former British colony last June after months of pro-democracy protests. The law punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.

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