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Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai cleared in intimidation case

Founder of Apple Daily still faces national security law charges and others

Media mogul Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, arrives at court in Hong Kong on Sept. 3.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai, founder of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper, has been acquitted of intimidating a reporter three years ago at a vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.

The 71-year-old tycoon still faces investigation and charges of incitement and illegal assembly related to anti-government protests in 2019 and this year's Tiananmen commemoration, which went ahead without police authorization. Most seriously, police are considering charging him with colluding with a foreign power in violation of the national security law imposed on the territory on June 30.

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