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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Andy Li pleads guilty

  • August 19, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 9:42 p.m.
  • English Press


Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Andy Li on Thursday was convicted under the national security law after pleading guilty to conspiring to collude with foreign forces, a crime punishable by up to life imprisonment.


In response to the charges, Li stated, “I agree to the facts, and I would like to say sorry,” and bowed deeply.


A sentence was not handed down, and the hearing was adjourned until January 2022.


Li, 30, was accused of conspiring with Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai to lobby for international sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials between July of last year and February of this year.


Lai, an outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party, is currently serving a prison sentence on charges of illegal assembly and faces further conspiracy charges under the national security law.


In Thursday’s trial, it was revealed to the court that Li had intended to lobby about 32 countries, including Japan, to end mutual legal assistance and extradition agreements with Hong Kong.


In August 2020, he scheduled a video conference with Japanese opposition lawmaker Shiori Yamao to discuss enacting a bill that would allow the Japanese government to impose sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials based on human rights abuses.


However, since Li was arrested, the meeting was not held.


Li is among 12 individuals who were detained by mainland authorities for illegally crossing the border in an attempt to flee to Taiwan by boat last year.


He returned to Hong Kong in March after serving seven months in a mainland prison.


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