Judge explains reasons for refusing ex-district councillor Roy Tam’s bail

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20th September 2021 – (Hong Kong) Forty-seven people who initiated or participated in the “35+” primary election of the democratic camp last year were charged with “conspiracy to subvert state power” on suspicion of violating the National Security Law. One of the defendants, Roy Tam, has been remanded in custody since the case was first arraigned in early March this year. He applied for bail to the High Court last month and was rejected.

Esther Toh, the judge designated by the National Security Law, issued a verdict explaining the reasons today (20th). The judge said that although Tam promised to withdraw from politics, after considering the arguments of the prosecution and defence, she believed that there was no sufficient reason to believe that Tam would not continue to endanger national security during his bail period, so she rejected the application.

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