12th August 2020 – (Hong Kong) By midnight on Wednesday (12th), Jimmy Lai had been detained for more than 41 hours and was still in the Mong Kok Police Station. He was subsequently released at 12.20am today. He was released on bail after paying HK$300,000 in cash and HK$200,000 in surety. His personal assets of over HK$50 million were also frozen by police. Outside the police station, some citizens held up a page of “Apple Daily” printed with the words “No fear of suppression” to support Jimmy Lai.
He left in his Mercedes in a hurry and there was a commotion as over 100 reporters and civilians who tried to interview him. He was accompanied by his two lawyers and Albert Ho. Police issued fixed-penalty tickets to some of the supporters who were present outside Mong Kok Police Station for violating the gathering ban. Jimmy Lai then headed straight to his home on Kadoorie Avenue in Ho Man Tin where more reporters were seen camping outside.
Both his sons and Agnes Chow were released on bail yesterday night. The remaining 6 people including Jimmy Lai’s 4 company executives were also released yesterday night. 3 of the company executives paid a total of HK$100,000 each plus sureties to be released on bail while the Chief Operating Officer cum Chief Financial Officer of Next Digital, Royston Chow paid a total of HK$200,000 plus surety to be released on bail. They were released between 10.39pm to 11.10pm yesterday. Royston Chow said that it was the darkest moment in his career but he vowed to fight on.
Apple Daily claimed that they printed 550,000 copies of newspapers yesterday, the highest number since its inception. Many supporters queued at convenience stores to purchase the newspapers to show support.