Hong Kong's top court has revoked bail for media mogul and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai, sending him back to detention.
The founder of the Apple Daily newspaper, known for its critical stance against Beijing, is facing trial for alleged foreign collusion under the national security law for Hong Kong.
Lai has been calling on the international community to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, using social media and interviews with foreign media.
Hong Kong's high court granted bail on December 23 with conditions including a ban on leaving home and posting messages on social media. But prosecutors appealed the decision.
On Thursday, the Court of Final Appeal decided to revoke Lai's bail until it makes a final decision on whether to allow his bail or not. An appeal hearing is reportedly scheduled for February 1 next year.
Four people, including Lai, have been indicted for violating the national security law. The other three have not been granted bail.
The electronic version of the Chinese Communist Party's newspaper, the People's Daily, and Hong Kong newspapers known to side with China were critical of the earlier decision to allow bail.
They say the Chinese central government's office for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong should exercise its jurisdictional authority if the territory's judiciary "cannot handle the case properly."