Hong Kong press magnate Jimmy Lai was sentenced on Friday to imprisonment for his role in organizing two major pro-democracy protests in 2019 and he will have to serve a total of 14 months in detention.
The 73-year-old man was sentenced Friday initially to 12 months in prison for organizing a rally, and then to eight more months for his participation in another demonstration.
The sentences will be carried out partly simultaneously and he will therefore only spend 14 months in detention. The second conviction relates to a rally held on August 31, 2019. On that day, tens of thousands of people gathered to mark the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s refusal to hold elections by universal suffrage in Hong Kong. .
The demonstration of August 31 degenerated into violent clashes between police and radicals. Besides Jimmy Lai, former MP Lee Cheuk-yan was sentenced to six months in prison and another prominent Democrat, Yeung Sum, received a suspended sentence.