3rd December 2020 – (Hong Kong) Jimmy Lai’s application for bail was rejected this morning and he was eventually handcuffed and sent to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre at around 2.52pm after his fraud case was adjourned to 16th April next yet.
Jimmy Lai is not allowed to be released on bail and must be remanded in custody. This is the first time he has entered a correctional institution. If his application for bail continues to be rejected, he will have a good chance to spend Christmas and Lunar New Year in the reception centre.
According to the detention procedure, Jimmy Lai needs to go through a series of inspections, such as hair and X-ray rectal examination machine, to ensure that no contraband is brought into the penal institution. After that, he will go to the fingerprint room for fingerprinting and registration, and will be interviewed to see if there is any request for complaints, and personal belongings will be handed over. After that, a basic medical examination will be performed. He will be arranged to be isolated in a separate cell due to COVID-19 epidemic, the person concerned must be isolated for 14 days before he can live in a large cell with other detainees.
Jimmy Lai and his 2 other company officials namely Royston Chow Tat Kuen and administrative director Wong Wai–keung were finally charged with fraud yesterday (2nd). Among them, Jimmy Lai was detained at Mong Kok Police Station overnight for investigation and was escorted by police this morning to the West Kowloon Law Courts, where the Chief Magistrate Victor So Wai-tak was in charge of hearing the case. The three defendants did not need to respond for now. Royston Chow was granted bail of HK$200,000 and HK$200,000 in personal surety. Wong was granted bail of HK$100,000. The two of them were not allowed to leave Hong Kong and must report to the police station once a week.
Meanwhile, Next Digital suspended trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange this morning.