HK court sentences Jimmy Lai, 7 others to prison

A Hong Kong Court has sentenced media tycoon Jimmy Lai and seven others to prison for organizing an unauthorized rally two years ago.

Ten people were charged in connection with the rally staged on China's National Day on October 1, 2019.

On Friday, eight of them were given prison terms of between 14 and 18 months. The two others were given suspended sentences.

Lai, who founded the Apple Daily newspaper that is critical of Beijing, and pro-democracy activist Lee Cheuk Yan are to each serve 20 months, combined with prison sentences they received earlier.

Hong Kong's courts have handed down a series of tough rulings against those who have taken part in protests.

Activist Joshua Wong and three others have been sentenced to prison for joining an unauthorized rally last June to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident.

On Thursday, Hong Kong police announced a ban on the annual June 4 vigil to mark the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing.