Even as Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai looks to defend himself against possible charges under China’s national security law, a long-running feud with a rival tabloid may see him end up in jail.
Lai’s trial for “criminal intimidation” in 2017 of a reporter from the Oriental Daily News, a fierce competitor to his flagship Apple Daily, is set for closing arguments on Friday. If convicted, he faces as many as five years in prison. Lai has pleaded not guilty.
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