Hong Kong court upholds travel ban on Jimmy Lai

A Hong Kong court on Friday dismissed an application from Jimmy Lai Chee-ying asking to leave the city temporarily. This was the second time Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily and media group Next Digital, had applied to lift the travel ban.

The 72-year-old was arrested for being suspected of violating Hong Kong's Crimes Ordinance by verbally intimidating a man during an assembly on June 4, 2017 in the Eastern District on Hong Kong Island. He was also suspected of violating Hong Kong's Public Order Ordinance by participating in an unauthorized assembly between Wan Chai and Central on August 31, 2019.

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In May, Jimmy Lai was allowed to be released on a 4,000 Hong Kong dollars-bail while waiting for the trial. He is not allowed to leave Hong Kong and must report to the police every Wednesday. At the time he applied to be able to travel out of Hong Kong, but that request was withdrawn. The High Court only allowed him to drop the requirement of a weekly visit to the police station.

He is scheduled to stand trial for three days from August 19.

(Cover photo: Jimmy Lai wears a face mask before entering a court in Hong Kong, May 5, 2020. /AP)