11th June 2021 – (Hong Kong) Media mogul Jimmy Lai, who is serving his sentence in Stanley Prison appeared at a rally commemorating the 31st anniversary of the June 4th Incident in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay last year. Jimmy Lai and 25 other people (2 of them have left Hong Kong) are accused of participating in or inciting others to participate in an unauthorised assembly. The case has been referred to the District Court for trial and the case appeared for court mention at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court today (11th).
Among them, four defendants, Joshua Wong, Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen and Jannelle Rosalynne Leung all pleaded guilty to one crime of knowingly participating in an unauthorised assembly and were sentenced to imprisonment ranging from 4 to 10 months. As for today’s 20 defendants, Yeung Sum and Cyd Ho expressed their intention to plead guilty. Eight other defendants including Lee Cheuk-yan, Richard Tsoi, Leung Kam Wai, Wu Chi-wai etc said they would not plead guilty. The remaining 10 defendants including Jimmy Lai have not decided on their plea. The judge scheduled to deal with Yeung Sum’s and Cyd Ho’s guilty pleas on 9th September this year, and the defendants who did not plead guilty will be tried on 2nd November this year.
As for Jimmy Lai and other defendants who have not yet decided whether to plead guilty, they will have to return to the court on 23rd July for court mention.