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Hong Kong court docket convicts and fines 90-year-old cardinal

Former head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph ZenReuters

The Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, Cardinal Zen, has been convicted by a court docket over costs referring to a now defunct fund that assisted pro-democracy protesters. 

The 90-year-old Cardinal was convicted together with 5 others by the Hong Kong court docket on Friday after being arrested in Might on costs of supposedly colluding with overseas forces in his work with the 612 Humanitarian Aid Fund. 

The six have been discovered responsible of failing to correctly register the charity, which was wound down final yr. 

They have been every fined 4,000 Hong Kong {dollars} ($512). 

Nina Shea, director of the Middle for Non secular Freedom at Hudson Institute, mentioned the conviction was “a style of a lot worse authorized hassle forward for the Church”. 

“The trial is more likely to have silenced China’s final globally outstanding dissident. Zen’s outspoken criticisms of the social gathering have been the determined warnings of a hero attempting to shake the world out of its ignorance and complacency,” she wrote within the National Review.

“Except for the occasional riot over Covid lockdowns and one-off protests which can be shortly crushed, no outstanding and sustained voice of dissent stays within the nation. It’s now as much as us to talk out for China’s unvoiced.”

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