#Jimmy Lai

.Hong Kong
Jimmy Lai was arrested in December under the new law (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Lai was arrested on the charges of "colluding with foreign forces"
  • Hong Kong's legal system has a custom of granting bail to those accused of non-violent crimes
  • China's standing committee is the ultimate arbiter of the laws 

.Hong Kong
Lai spent last week under house arrest, banned from speaking publicly. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@JimmyLaiApple)

  • Lai is accused of colluding with foreign forces to endanger national security
  • Today's verdict comes after a lower court on Wednesday granted bail under stringent conditions
  • Lai is also facing separate charges of fraud and joining unlawful assemblies during the pro-democracy protests

.Hong Kong
Jimmy Lai is a vocal Beijing critic. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Jimmy Lai is one of the highest-profile figures charged under a sweeping security law
  • Lai is accused of colluding with foreign countries by calling on overseas governments
  • Lai, 73, was remanded into custody earlier this month by a national security judge

.Hong Kong
Lai has acknowledged the charges issued against him. (Photo: AP/PTI)

  • Lai has been accused of 'collusion with a foreign country or with external elements'
  • The prosecutor said that Lai had broken the security law between July 1 and December 1
  • The law has brought calm in the finance hub after often violent protests

.Hong Kong
Staunch Beijing critic Jimmy Lai appeared in court on Saturday morning. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Jimmy Lai is facing a charge under the national security law that could put him in jail for life
  • He is accused of colluding with foreign countries
  • Lai, dressed in a suit and calm throughout, said he acknowledged the charge

.Hong Kong
Jimmy Lai (centre) owns Hong Kong's best-selling Apple Daily, a popular tabloid that is fiercely pro-democracy and very critical of authorities. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Jimmy Lai has been charged with one count of collusion with a foreign country to endanger national security
  • Lai is only the fourth person charged under the controversial national security legislation
  • The 73-year-old is the most prominent individual to have been charged under the new law

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Jimmy Lai's Apple Daily tabloid is an open critic of Beijing. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@JimmyLaiApple)

  • Jimmy Lai was among 10 people detained under a sweeping security law imposed by Beijing
  • He was later released on bail after 40 hours in custody
  • Donald Trump said he sent Lai his best wishes

.Hong Kong
Jimmy Lai was released on bail after 40 hours in custody. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Jimmy Lai was one of the 10 people arrested on Monday 
  • Lai's media group Next Digital has been critical of Beijing
  • He was cheered by his staff following his late night bail

.Hong Kong
Jimmy Lai, owner of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, was arrested on August 10. (Photo credit: AP/PTI)

  • A crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong has gathered pace since China imposed new security law
  • In a show of solidarity for Jimmy Lai, people rushed to buy the newspaper
  • The newspaper's front page showed a picture of Lai being led away in handcuffs

.Hong Kong
Like many of Hong Kong's tycoons, Jimmy Lai rose from poverty. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Jimmy Lai was arrested on Monday under a new national security law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong
  • He a thorn in Beijing's side for decades thanks to his caustic tabloids and unapologetic support for democracy
  • For many residents of Hong Kong, he is an unlikely hero