Hong Kong democracy campaigners kept in custody after marathon bail hearing
CA, 05 Mar 2021
A judge in Hong Kong has ruled that 47 pro-democracy activists should remain in custody Thursday after four days of bail hearings, in a case that has drawn global concern that Beijing is using a national security law to crush dissent.
Thirty-two defendants were denied bail, while 15 were granted bail but still kept in custody after government prosecutors said they would appeal against that decision.
There were also emotional scenes at the West Kowloon court. "I couldn't see my husband even (though) I am here for four days for the hearing," Nicole Yu, wife of remanded activist Lester Shum, told reporters.
The case is the most sweeping use yet of the city's new national security law, which imposes punishments of up to life in prison for serious charges including subversion.
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