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Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zen, 5 others over fund to help arrested protestors

Added 11-25-22 03:07:02am EST - “A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others were fined after being found guilty of failing to register a fund that aimed to help people arrested in widespread protests three years ago.” - Npr.org

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Cardinal Joseph Zen leaves the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts after the verdict session in Hong Kong, Friday Nov. 25, 2022. Anthony Kwan/AP hide caption

Cardinal Joseph Zen leaves the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts after the verdict session in Hong Kong, Friday Nov. 25, 2022.

HONG KONG (AP) — A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others in Hong Kong were fined after being found guilty Friday of failing to register a now-defunct fund that aimed to help people arrested in the widespread protests three years ago.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, a retired bishop and a vocal democracy advocate of the city, arrived at court in a black outfit and used a walking stick. He was first arrested in May on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces under a Beijing-imposed National Security Law. His arrest sent shockwaves through the Catholic community, although the Vatican only stated it was monitoring the development of the situation closely.

While Zen and other activists at the trial have not yet been charged with national security-related charges, they were charged with failing to properly register the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pay medical and legal fees for arrested protesters beginning in 2019. It ceased operations in October 2021.

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