Airport attack blamed on Lai adviser Simon

Top News | Carine Chow 26 Nov 2021

A man jailed for attacking a Global Times reporter at the Hong Kong airport two years ago testified that he was ordered to do so by Mark Simon - media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's adviser.

The Court of Appeal yesterday heard two defendants' appeals against convictions and sentences for rioting and assaulting Fu Guohao in August 2019. Lai Yun-long and Amy Pat Wai-fan appeared in court with no lawyers.

Lai, 20, who was sentenced to five years and three months in jail in January, withdrew his appeal.

He then shouted: "It was American spy Mark Simon who ordered me to do it.

"Fu Guohao is not a spy. I apologize to 1.4 billion Chinese people."

Lai was stopped by Judge Maggie Poon Man-kay, who said the things he said were irrelevant to the case.

Poon also rejected Pat's appeal. The reasons, Poon said, will be explained later.

Pat, 23, was earlier sentenced to four years and three months.

Simon, who is the former senior executive at Next Digital and defunct newspaper Apple Daily, is wanted by Hong Kong police on national security charges.

He tweeted that he had never met Lai.

"Of course I never met this guy, and most know my very strong belief that violence in 2019 was counter-productive," he said.

Simon said it is regrettable to see Lai being so scared to think that this would be a way out.

Simon indicated he is in Taipei City.

Police said they do not comment on cases under judicial procedure.

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