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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Claudia Mo denied bail in security law case

Former Hong Kong lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching’s application for bail has been denied by the High Court today, whose case is handled by judge Esther Toh Lye-ping, a designated judge handling national security law cases.
Mo has been detained for more than a month since prosecuted for violating the national security law for subversion on February 28.

The former lawmaker’s court hearing started at 10.30am this morning, with Mo looking calm as she steps out. High Court judge Toh denied Mo’s application, with reasons to be announced later.

Mo’s husband Philip Bowring were also among those in the public gallery today, where he seemed emotional when hearing statements given by both the counsel for the prosecution and counsel for the defence.

Mo, alongside other 46 activists, were arrested in February and accused of subverting the state over the 35+ primary election.

Among the arrested activists, 11 were granted bail earlier, including Cheng Tat-hung, Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying, Mike Lam King-nam, Helena Wong Pik-wan and others.

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