Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed after bail revoked

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s highest court has revoked media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s bail after prosecutors succeeded in asking the judges to send him back to detention. Lai had been granted bail on Dec. 23 after three weeks in custody on charges of fraud and endangering national security. His appeal hearing is set for February. The court says it was reasonably arguable that the previous judge’s decision was erroneous and that the order of granting bail was invalid. Lai is among a string of pro-democracy activists and supporters arrested by Hong Kong police in recent months as authorities step up their crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. This week, state-owned newspaper People’s Daily criticized the court for granting bail to Lai, calling him extremely dangerous.