cardinal and five co-defendants sentenced for aid fund for pro-democracy protesters
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The 90-year-old former Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Zen, and his five co-defendants, including several prominent civil society figures, were found guilty and fined on Friday morning, November 25. The reason: an administrative fault linked to a fund that they had created to support the protesters arrested during the great revolt of the summer of 2019.
With our correspondent in Hong Kong, florence dechangy
The verdict: guilty. The sentence: a fine of 4,000 Hong Kong dollars per person, or just under 500 euros. Unsurprisingly, the decision fell in the West Kowloon courthouse on Friday morning. The courts have been in punitive mode since the 2019 riots and it is now extremely rare for the government to lose its cases.
A dialogue of the deaf
Especially when, as in this case, it is about charismatic personalities who are on the bench. because next to the old zen cardinal 90 years old, it was the famous human rights lawyer, Margaret Ng, 74 years old; former MP Cyd Ho, 68, recently released from prison; prominent sociologist Hui Po-keung, 62, who was detained at the airport in May as he was preparing to take up a new academic post in Italy; and singer-pop star and icon of the LGBT community, Denise Ho, 45, one of the few artists in Hong Kong publicly committed to the pro-democracy movement.
Their crime: not having registered within the deadlines the association they had formed to help the detained protesters, unless the association in question was a fund, a condition that does not require registration. Suffice it to say that the nine days of trial were nothing more than a dialogue of the deaf.