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Next Media Case | Zhang Jianhong and Luo Weiguang are willing to resign

2021-06-23T09:51:55.226Z

The National Security Office of the police raided the "Apple Daily" building the day before and arrested 5 Next Media and Apple executives. Among them, Zhang Jianhong, Chief Executive Officer of Next Media, and Luo Weiguang, Editor-in-Chief of Apple, were charged for violating the "Hong Kong National Security Law".



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Written by: Chen Jiayi

2021-06-19 10:32

Last update date: 2021-06-19 14:09

The National Security Office of the police raided the "Apple Daily" building the day before and arrested 5 Next Media and Apple executives. Among them, Zhang Jianhong, Chief Executive Officer of Next Media, and Luo Weiguang, Editor-in-Chief of Apple, were charged with conspiracy to collude with foreign forces in violation of the National Security Act The case for the crime of endangering national security was brought before the West Kowloon Magistracy this morning (19th).

The defense lawyer wanted to apply for bail for the defendant, and revealed that Zhang and Luo were willing to resign all their positions in Next Media and Apple Daily, and were not directly or indirectly involved in Next Media’s affairs. However, Guan Su concluded that there was no sufficient reason to believe that the defendant would not commit the crime. They endangered national security and refused to allow them to be released on bail.

Apple Daily Printing and related companies are also charged

Defendants Zhang Jianhong (59 years old), Luo Weiguang (47 years old) and three companies: Apple Daily Co., Ltd., Apple Daily Printing Co., Ltd. and Apple Internet Co., Ltd., were charged with the crime of conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security.

The charge alleges that between July 1, 2020 and April 3, 2021, they conspired with Li Zhiying and others in Hong Kong to request foreign or overseas institutions, organizations, and personnel to impose sanctions on Hong Kong or China. , Blockade or take other hostile actions.

The defense revealed that it wanted to apply for bail

The defense barrister Chen Zhenglong said in court that he had only received Dadi's documents this morning and wanted to apply for bail for the defendant. He learned that the prosecution would object and asked for a postponement to obtain instructions. So Guan Su declared the court adjourned for one hour.

Zhang Jianhong raised his arm to the public gallery. When the court was adjourned, the observers said, "Hold it up."

Only report the bail conditions proposed by the defense

When Su Guan reopened the court session, he first handled the media application for exemption from reporting on bail procedures, and quoted the Court of First Instance in the Li Zhiying case, saying that in order to avoid unfair trial of the defendant in the future, he was only allowed to report on the defendant’s bail conditions and other restrictions. Maintain effective.

The charges were read out in court, and the defendants all stated that they understood the charges.

The prosecution applied for adjourning the case until August 13 to test 40 computers and 16 servers. He stated that the defense had no objection.

The bail conditions proposed by Zhang Jianhong and Luo Weiguang.

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Zhang and Luo are willing to resign from Next Media and Apple Daily

The prosecution Zhou Tianxing opposed the defendant’s bail, and the defense Chen Zhenglong and Li Shuhuan applied for bail for the two. They offered to resign from their positions in Next Media and Apple Daily, and not directly or indirectly participate in Next Media affairs.

Zhang Jianhong is willing to bail 3 million yuan in cash, guarantee 500,000 people, live in the reported address, do not leave Hong Kong, hand in travel documents, resign from all positions in One Media, and will not directly or indirectly contact foreign officials and congressmen, and will not directly or indirectly Participate in interviews, post public comments online or in print media, and post comments on social media.

He promised not to do anything endangering national security.

Li pointed out that Luo Weiguang was willing to pay 100,000 to 200,000 yuan in cash on bail, 100,000 yuan in personnel guarantees, not to leave Hong Kong, and willing to accept an injunction order.

Zhang raised his fist while leaving the court

After hearing the submissions, Guan Su believed that there was no sufficient reason to believe that they would not commit a crime endangering national security, and refused to allow them to be released on bail.

After hearing this, the two were calm and gave up applying for bail review every 8 days.

Before entering the cell, Zhang raised his fist, Luo Wang looked at the public gallery, and the observers waved to them to "hold up".

Zhang Jianhong and Luo Weiguang mentioned the situation outside the court on the day.

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Chen Peimin waited in court this morning

The National Security Office recently arrested 5 senior officials of Next Media and Apple. In addition to Zhang Jianhong and Luo Weiguang, Next Media Group Chief Operating Officer Zhou Daquan, "Apple" Vice President Chen Peimin, and Apple News Platform Director Zhang Zhiwei were allowed to go out on bail yesterday. The three of them and the Next Media Union Chairman Pan Bailin attended the courtroom.

In addition, more than a hundred citizens came to the court to wait in court this morning. Among them, Granny Wang, who came to the court to support her, was pulled out of the court by the plainclothes policewoman after she suspected that she had a dispute with the security guard. Granny Wang felt unwell at noon. Need to call an ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Next Media Case | The dispute between Granny Wang and the security was pulled out of the court and she felt unwell and needed to be sent to the court for treatment

Granny Wang came to court to support her and was pulled out of the court, and was finally sent to court for treatment.

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Apple 3 company was frozen in assets of 18 million earlier

The National Security Department froze a total of 18 million yuan in funds from the three companies related to Apple Daily, and then sent a prosecution statement to the three companies to accuse the above crimes, stating that the company must appoint a representative to appear in court.

The case was tried by the National Security Law designated judge and Chief Magistrate Su Huide. The prosecution was represented by the Acting Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Zhou Tianxing, the defense was Senior Counsel Chen Zhenglong on behalf of Zhang Jianhong, Barrister Li Shuhuan on behalf of Luo Weiguang, and the three companies were represented by Barrister Xu Qili.

Case Number: WKCC 2379/2021

Luo Weiguang and Zhang Jianhong were arrested this Thursday, and the police also sent officers to search the One Media Building.

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Next Media Case | The dispute between Granny Wang and the security was pulled out of the court and she felt unwell and needed to be sent to the court for treatment

Search One Media|The arrested 5 high-level and 3 persons were released on bail

Search One Media | "Apple Daily" printed to 500,000 copies of newspapers sold 20 times more than still being swept away

Search One Media|The US State Department condemns the arrest and urges the Hong Kong government to stop targeting the media

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