Jimmy Lai’s trial in Hong Kong is a litmus test for the city’s autonomy. Delays and legal obstacles raise concerns about fairness. Lai, a pro-democracy figure, could face life in prison under the national security law, emphasizing global importance in monitoring Hong Kong’s commitment to the rule of law amid China’s influence.
Hong Kong’s largest trial involves 47, including scholar Benny Tai, accused of subverting state power via a 2020 primary. Joshua Wong’s “resistance camp” opposed the security law. Witness testimony implicates Tai. Voter Gordon Ng, unrelated to organizers, faces charges for promoting the primary’s alleged conspiracy.