Hong Kong releases Jimmy Lai on bail
24 December 2020 | 6:49 am
Pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai has been granted bail and put under house arrest. The media mogul had been kept behind bars since December 3 over suspicions of fraud and colluding with foreign forces.
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