Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai has revoked his bail after prosecutors managed to ask the city’s supreme court to put him back in custody.
Lai was granted bail on December 23 after three weeks in custody on charges of fraud and threatening national security. His appeal hearing is scheduled for February 1.
The court said on Thursday that it could be “reasonably disputed” that the previous judge’s ruling was wrong and that the order to grant bail was invalid.
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Lai is charged with fraud on December 3 for allegedly violating the terms of office space for Next Digital, the media company he founded. He was later charged again on December 12 under the Comprehensive National Security Act instituted by Beijing on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security.
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Lai is one of a series of pro-democracy activists and supporters arrested by Hong Kong police in recent months as authorities stepped up their fight against opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.