Hong Kong tycoon Lai denied bail in national security case

FILE PHOTO: Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, founder of Apple Daily arrives at West Kowloon Courts to face charges related to an illegal vigil assembly commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, in Hong Kong, China October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s High Court denied bail on Thursday to media tycoon and Beijing critic Jimmy Lai, the most high-profile person to be charged under the Chinese-ruled city’s national security law.

The Court of Final Appeal, the city’s top court, ruled last week that a lower court’s decision last year to grant him bail applied “an erroneous line of reasoning” but allowed Lai’s team to make a fresh application for bail to the High Court.

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