The chairman of Next Media, Li Zhiying, was charged with fraud and was remanded in custody last week. He originally applied for bail next Tuesday (15th). He was suddenly charged with a crime of “collaborating with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security under the Hong Kong National Security Act.”. ”
The case was presented to the West Kowloon Magistracy today (12th). The case was handled by the “designated judge” of the National Security Law and Chief Magistrate Su Guide. Li Zhiying became the first person to be charged with this crime and was escorted to the court by chains and waist locks in the morning.
The defendant Li Zhiying (73 years old) was charged with a crime of “collaborating with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security,” violating the “People’s Republic of China” in the schedule of the “2020 National Law Announcement” (2020 Legal Announcement No. 136) Article 29(4) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region National Security Maintenance Act.
The charge alleges that Li Zhiying was suspected of requesting foreign or foreign institutions, organizations, and personnel to implement actions against the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China during the period from July 1, 2020, to December 1, 2020 (both dates inclusive). Impose sanctions, blockades, or take other hostile actions.
The 4th person accused of violating the National Security Law
Since the implementation of the Minato National Security Act in July this year, 40 people have been arrested, of which 3 were formally prosecuted, including Tang Yingjie, who was driving a motorcycle with the “Light Time” flag in Wan Chai, and Zhong Zhong, the convener of the student Dongyuan. Hanlin, Ma Junwen, known as “Captain America II.”
After the three people were charged, they were all remanded. After Li Zhiying was formally charged, he became the fourth person accused of violating the National Security Law.