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UK Prosecutor Pulls out of Hong Kong Case Against Pro-Democracy Activists

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UK Prosecutor Pulls out of Hong Kong Case Against Pro-Democracy Activists

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HONG KONG—A British prosecutor hired by the Hong Kong government to lead a case against democracy activists has pulled out after coming under pressure in Britain including “disgraceful” comments by its foreign minister, city authorities said on Wednesday. David Perry, a Queen’s Counsel, was due to lead the case against tabloid media magnate Jimmy Lai and several others, including veteran democracy activists Martin Lee and Margaret Ng. But Hong Kong’s Department of Justice noted “growing pressure and criticism” of Perry in Britain for taking the case, adding in a statement that he had “concerns about such pressures and the exemption of quarantine” and “indicated that the trial should proceed without him”. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky TV in an interview on Sunday that Perry had handed the Chinese government a “PR coup” and had behaved in a “pretty mercenary way”. Confirming the details, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice …

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