Hong Kong publisher’s national security trial postponed

Nov 30, 2022, 8:50 PM | Updated: Dec 1, 2022, 5:55 am
A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside ...

A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)

(AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)

HONG KONG (AP) — The trial of a Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested in a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy movement was postponed Thursday after the territory’s leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer.

Jimmy Lai, 74, faces a possible life sentence if convicted under a National Security Law imposed by China’s ruling Communist Party on the former British colony. The Hong Kong government objected after judges on Monday approved Lai’s plan to hire Timothy Owen, a veteran human rights lawyer.

Chief Executive John Lee asked China’s ceremonial legislature to decide whether foreign lawyers who didn’t normally practice in Hong Kong could be rejected for national security cases.

Beijing imposed the security law after pro-democracy protests that started in 2019. If Beijing intervenes, it would mark the sixth time the Communist-ruled national government has stepped into the city’s legal affairs.

Lai, the founder of the now-defunct Apple Daily, is accused of conspiring together with others to call for an imposition of sanctions or blockade, or engage in hostile activities against Hong Kong or China. He also faces a charge of collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, and a separate sedition charge under a colonial-era law that is increasingly used to snuff out dissent.

As of late November, 25 people have been convicted under the law, which prohibits subversion, pro-independence activity, collusion with “foreign forces” and terrorism, according to the security bureau.

Hong Kong’s highest court on Monday rejected government objections against allowing Lai to hire Owen on security grounds as “undefined and unsubstantiated.”

On Thursday, the judges in Lai’s case approved an application from the Department of Justice to postpone the trial for a short period as the city awaits Beijing’s decision on Lee’s request. The next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Lee, Hong Kong’s former security chief who oversaw the crackdown, said Tuesday that Beijing was highly concerned and would act “as soon as possible,” but gave no timeline for an interpretation that would overrule the court’s earlier judgment.

Hong Kong was promised a “high degree of autonomy” when it returned to China in 1997, but Beijing and its local allies have rolled back Western-style civil rights, eroding the territory’s appeal as a global business center.

Owen did not appear in court because the immigration department has withheld his application for an extension of his work visa, Lai’s lawyer said. The British barrister currently has a visa for another case, he added.

The immigration department told AP that it will not comment on individual cases. It said it acts in accordance with the law and relevant policies when handling applications and judges each case on its individual merits.

On Tuesday, Hong Kong Bar Association Chair Victor Dawes urged the standing committee of the National People’s Congress to exercise its power to interpret the law sparingly. He said local courts can clarify any ambiguities in the future.

Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office supported Lee’s position in statements Monday.

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              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A police officer with a service dog patrols ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              From left; wife of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai, Teresa Lai and daughter Jade Lai arrive at the High Court ahead of his trial in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers patrol ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Police officers stand guard ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday. Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              Solicitors Kevin Steel, center and Johnny Ho, left arrive ahead of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai's trial outside of the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              A prison van believed to be carrying democracy advocate and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The trial of Lai, who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement, was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Anthony Kwan)
            
              FILE - Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai leaves the Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, on Feb. 9, 2021. The trial of a Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement was postponed on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
            
              FILE - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, center, leaves the Hight Court after being granted bail in Hong Kong, on Dec. 23, 2020. The trial of a Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement was postponed on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
            
              FILE - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, center, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, on Aug. 10, 2020. The trial of a Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement was postponed on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. (AP Photo/File)
            
              FILE - Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai leaves Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal where the government is arguing against allowing him bail in Hong Kong, Feb. 1, 2021. Lai broke into the media industry about 30 years ago armed with the belief that delivering information equates with delivering freedom. Lai now is accused of endangering national security with his now-defunct pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
            
              FILE - Jimmy Lai who founded the Apple Daily, is escorted by Correctional Services officers to get on a prison van before appearing in a court in Hong Kong, Dec. 12, 2020. Lai broke into the media industry about 30 years ago armed with the belief that delivering information equates with delivering freedom. Lai now is accused of endangering national security with his now-defunct pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

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