Prodemocracy publisher Lai found guilty on fraud charges

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  • His former colleague, Wong Wai-keung, was also convicted Tuesday on a single charge of fraud.Lai and two former executives at his company were charged with fraud for subletting part of the office space to a secretarial firm, which was also controlled by Lai, between 2016 and 2020.
  • Some wordings on the posters, which were generally about COVID-19 restrictions, were intended to incite others to hate or despise the central government or leaders of the central government, said Lo Yin-lam, chief inspector of Hong Kong Island’s regional public order event investigation team.
  • District Court Judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi said the firm’s business did not conform with what was stipulated in the lease agreements, and ruled that Lai had hidden the fact that the company was occupying space in the building.
  • Separately, a mainland Chinese man was arrested for allegedly posting three signs carrying “seditious” words at the protest zone of the city’s legislative complex on Oct. 15, police said Tuesday.
  • The second fraud count was for letting the same firm use the media outlet’s office space in alleged breach of lease agreements from 1998 and 2015.
  • HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai was found guilty Tuesday on two fraud charges related to lease violations, the latest in a series of prosecutions apparently aimed at punishing him for his past activism.
By KANIS LEUNG Associated PressHONG KONG (AP) Prodemocracy Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai was found guilty Tuesday on a pair of fraud charges related to lease violations the latest of a series of [+2778 chars]