Bail denied for "Giggs”, "Longhair” and Jimmy Sham
Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping denied bail for internet radio host Wan Yiu-sing “Giggs” because of his active contact with organizations in Taiwan.
Toh denied bail for the two Democrats Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit and Leung Kwok-hung “Longhair” as well.
Wan was charged with four counts of “doing an act with a seditious intention”, while Sham and Leung were charged of subversion.
Judge Toh pointed out that Wan’s case was not suitable for bail, saying that Wan was very active in promoting his contact with two organizations through fundraising, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and Judicial Reform Foundation, which were advocating for the international community to impose trade restrictions or sanctions on China and Hong Kong.
The goal was to press for the release of several arrested persons for national security offences, Toh added.
It was also found out that HK$9 million out of the $13 million raised, was routed to Wan’s personal account and a joint account held by him, with evidence showing that some of the money was paid to individuals who had fled from Hong Kong and had jumped court bail.
Toh concluded that the risk of Wan not surrendering to custody as the court may appoint and of Wan absconding is extremely high.
Meanwhile, Toh said Leung was determined and resolute in his stand against the government and the national security law. The risk of Leung absconding and reoffending is high, given the history of social activism and international support, according to Toh.
As for Sham, Toh pointed out he was a determined and resolute young man who advocated his determination that the government accede to the five demands in front of the police station in February this year.
Toh didn’t believe that Sham would not continue to commit acts endangering national security if granted bail, and therefore denied Sham’s bail application.