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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail on fraud charge – The Globe and Mail

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Jimmy Lai arrives at a court in Hong Kong, on Oct. 15, 2020.

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Outspoken Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate and media tycoon Jimmy Lai was refused bail on Thursday on a fraud charge amid a growing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city.

Jimmy Lai of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, was among 10 people arrested Aug. 10 on what police said was suspicion of violating a national security law and collusion with a foreign country.

Lai, 73, was later released on bail but police raided his company’s offices in October and took away documents.

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On Wednesday, Lai and two Next Digital executives were charged with fraud over accusations that they violated lease terms for Next Digital office space.

Lai appeared in court Thursday and was denied bail. His case has been adjourned till April 16.

Hong Kong police said in a statement Wednesday that it had arrested three men on charges of fraud, without naming them. It also said that one of them had been suspected of violating the national security law, and that it was still under investigation.

Beijing imposed the national security law in response to protests in Hong Kong that began in June 2019 over a proposed extradition law and expanded to include demands for greater democracy in the former British colony.

The sweeping legislation prompted more public protests and led to complaints that Beijing is violating the autonomy promised to Hong Kong when it returned to China and damaging its status as a business centre.

Apple Daily criticized the law on its front page on July 1, calling it the “final nail in the coffin” of the territory’s autonomy.

The British government had slammed Lai’s August arrest and said the security law was being used to crush dissent.

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The law is “being implemented in a way that undermines freedom of speech,” the British government said in a report this month on the status of the 1984 agreement for Hong Kong’s return to China.

“It is imperative that this freedom is fully respected,” the report said.

Lai was earlier arrested in February and April on charges of taking part in unauthorized protests. He also faces charges of joining an unauthorized vigil marking the anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

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City of Brandon – August 01st Media Release – Brandon Police Service

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For the last 24 hours: 

Theft and Use of Credit Card:

A 45 year-old male was arrested on Saturday evening for possessing a stolen credit card, after being identified by the card’s owner as being the suspect.  The accused had befriended the victim and then stole her purse, containing the card.  A member on patrol observed the accused and, upon arresting him, recovered the stolen credit card which had been used at several locations.  The matter is still under investigation and additional charges are relating to the use of the card are expected.

Arrest Warrant Executed and New Charges:

On Saturday evening, a member on patrol observed a male in the area of 10th Street and Rosser Avenue riding a bicycle.  The male was seen to ride through a red traffic signal, creating a hazardous situation for motorists and pedestrians, and the officer attempted to stop him; however, the cyclist attempted to flee.  The flight was short lived as he crashed his bike into a nearby dumpster.  Upon being located, he was found to be bound by a Release Order with curfew and residency conditions, which he was in breach of.  It was also determined that he was the subject of an arrest warrant for 13 separate criminal offences.  The 44 year-old suspect was arrested and held in custody to appear for court today.

Skipped Cab Fare Leads to Charges:

Just before 11:00 PM Saturday night, it was reported that 4 people had skipped on paying a cab fare in the 700 block 12th Street.  Members attended to the area and located the suspects.  It was found that 3 of the 4 were bound by various release orders that they were in breach of, and the fourth, a 20 year-old female, was intoxicated to the point she was unable to care for herself: she was lodged under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act.  A 24 year-old female, a 19 year-old female, and a 33 year-old male were all held in custody to appear for court today facing charges of failing to comply with release orders.

Impaired Driver:

At approximately 2:20 AM Sunday morning, a vehicle stop in the 1000 block Princess Avenue resulted in the arrest of the 44 year-old male driver for impaired driving.  Subsequent breath tests showed a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.  He was held in custody until sober and is scheduled to appear in court on October 21st to answer to the charges.

Weapon Charge:

Just after 3:00 AM Sunday morning, a caller reported a male with a flashlight trying to break into a residence in the 1100 block 20th Street.  Members attended and located a 32 year-old male from Virden in the area.  He was found to be in possession of a can of bear spray and was arrested for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.  He was released on appropriate police imposed conditions and is scheduled to appear in court on October 21st on this matter.  It was determined that no break in had occurred.

Others:

Several other arrests related to intoxication, which resulted in no charges but the subjects being held until sober.

 

 RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY:

Acting Staff Sergeant D. Lockhart, #101

B Platoon

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Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637).  Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.

CRIME STOPPERS 204-727-TIPS

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A ‘safe space for racists’: antisemitism report criticises social media giants – The Guardian

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Former Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault first media availability with the Habs – Illegal Curve Hockey

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After seven years in Winnipeg forward Mathieu Perreault is returning to his home province to play for the Habs. He spoke today in his first media availability as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

He played a total of 455 games during his time in Manitoba with the Jets (including his 600th in the NHL) compiling 88 goals and 142 assists playing up and down the lineup. Of course his most famous game might have been his four goal night where he could have scored a fifth goal and won one lucky Manitoban (Gail McDonald from Brandon) one million dollars. Gail still ended up with $100,000.00 so not exactly a bad night for her as well as a “sorry Gail” response from Perreault when he found out which was a rather classic Perreault type response.

For those curious about the language in the media availability:

First seven minutes are questions in French
then next four are in English
then it returns to French until about the 13 minute mark
and from 16 minutes till the end it is in French.

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