Written by: Chen Jiayi
Last update date: 2021-06-19 10:35
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).
At 8 o'clock in the morning, more than a hundred citizens were waiting to be heard in court.
The court was originally scheduled to open at 9:30, but the court revealed that it would be adjourned for about an hour before proceeding.
Apple Daily Printing and related companies are also charged
Defendants Zhang Jianhong (59 years old), Luo Weiguang (47 years old) and the 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.
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 five 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.
Chen Peimin, Zhang Zhiwei and Pan Bolin, chairman of the trade union of Next Media, attended the courtroom.
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
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