Jockey Club expels Lai, Lee and Ho

Top News | Carine Chow 17 Sep 2021

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has terminated the membership of convicted media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, barrister senior counsel Martin Lee Chu-ming and solicitor Albert Ho Chun-yan.

Their names appeared in a notice on 14 people whose memberships had been terminated, with the other 11 unrelated to politics.

The notice - signed by Steven Tan, of the club's executive director for membership, strategic marketing and branding - was dated September 2 and said the memberships "ceased with immediate effect." There were no reasons behind the terminations. The club also refused to comment.

"It's the club's practice not to comment regarding the membership status of any member or disclose any information about an individual due to privacy concerns," a spokeswoman said.

"For matters relating to membership, the club has in place a set of well-established regulations and procedures and we always adhere to it strictly."

Lai, 73, is serving a 20-month jail term after being convicted of taking part in three unauthorized assemblies. He will appear in West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on October 12 for other charges, including collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security and conspiracy to do an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.

The ruling on Lai's case over his voting rights as major shareholder of Next Digital will be handed down at the High Court by Justice Anthony Chan Kin-keung today.

Ho, 69, is serving a prison term of 18 months for convictions over his role in four unauthorized assemblies. On Wednesday he was sentenced to 10 months in jail for participating in a banned June 4 candlelight vigil last year, but that will concurrently run with his existing ones.

The former vice chairman of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China has also been charged with inciting subversion of state power.

Lee, 82, founder of the Democratic Party, was sentenced to 11 months in April for participating in an unauthorized assembly, but the sentence is suspended for two years.

According to the Jockey Club's website, it currently has about 9,100 racing members and 14,900 full members. It does not specify under what circumstances a membership can be terminated.

carine.chow@singtaonewscorp.com



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