6 including Joseph Zen charged today for failure to register 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund as a society within time limit

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24th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The five trustees of the “612 Humanitarian Relief Fund”, including artist Denise Ho, former Bishop Joseph Zen, barrister and former Legislative Councillor Margaret Ng former Lingnan University scholar Hui Po-keung and imprisoned former Legislative Councillor, Cyd Ho are suspected of colluding with foreign forces to act against Hong Kong.

They were arrested earlier this month in violation of the “Hong Kong National Security Law”. They were charged alongside the fund secretary and League of Social Democrats member Sze with one count of failing to apply for registration or exemption from registration as a society within the specified time limit. The case appeared in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts this morning (24th). All six defendants in the case appeared in court today. They pleaded not guilty. The judge and chief magistrate designated by the National Security Law scheduled the case for pre-trial review on 9th August and the trial will be held on 19th September.

The trial period is expected to take five days. The prosecutor has 17 witnesses and relied on eight hours of video footage. The prosecution alleged that the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund did not comply with the regulations under Section 5(1) of the Societies Ordinance, Cap 151 of the Laws of Hong Kong, within the specified time limit.

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