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Rubio, Risch, Colleagues Release Statement on Sham Conviction of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong

Oct 25, 2022 | Press Releases

Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong democracy activist and founder and CEO of the independent newspaper Apple Daily, was arrested under Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law (NSL) and convicted of fraud.

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), and bipartisan colleagues released a statement condemning the sham trial and conviction.

  • “Jimmy Lai is a man of integrity and character — a strong advocate for press freedom and democracy, a man of faith, a devoted husband and father, and a hard working entrepreneur. The Chinese Communist Party is using bogus fraud charges to smear Mr. Lai’s reputation and justify an additional sham National Security Law (NSL) trial in December.

  • “We have not forgotten the plight of Hong Kongers, Mr. Lai, and the many other political prisoners in Hong Kong. The international community is closely watching Mr. Lai’s so-called ‘fraud’ conviction and future NSL trials.”

Click here for a full list of the statement’s cosigners.