Court denies bail for two Apple Daily executives

Next Digital’s CEO Cheung Kim-hung and editor-in-chief of Apple Daily Ryan Law Wai-kwong saw their bail application denied by the court.

Their case was mentioned in the morning at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts after they were arrested on Thursday and accused of colluding with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security.

The legal representatives of the pair, when suggesting conditions for the bail, pointed out that they would resign from all positions related to Next Digital or Apple Daily, and will not directly or indirectly participate in any media duties of the group and the paper.

The lawyer for Cheung suggested a HK$3 million cash bail plus a HK$500,000 surety. Cheung would also hand out all his travel documents. He would not contact any foreign officials or lawmakers, give media interviews, speak publicly and post on social media.

For Law, his lawyer suggested a HK100,000 to HK$200,000 cash deposit and a HK$100,000 surety, and added Law would remain in home.

However, chief magistrate So Wai-tak said there was insufficient reason to believe that the two will not continue to endanger national security. So therefore denied the bail application for Cheung and Law.

The case has been adjourned to August 13. They are now remanded.

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