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Hong Kong's Jimmy Lai denied bail over 'misconstrued' security law

Top court finds media mogul remains a threat while awaiting collusion trial

Media mogul Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, arrives at the Court of Final Appeal by prison van in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's top court has refused bail to outspoken media mogul Jimmy Lai -- the most high-profile person arrested under the national security law imposed on the city by Beijing last year -- as he awaits trial on a charge of colluding with foreign forces.

The Court of Final Appeal on Tuesday morning reversed a lower court's decision to grant bail to Lai, the founder of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, branding him an ongoing national security threat and saying the previous judge "misconstrued" a bail-related clause in the security law.

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