Former Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Albert Ho granted bail while facing national security charge after serving jail time for illegal assembly

Former vice-chairman of now-defunct Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China was jailed in May 2021 over previous offenceHe was charged with inciting others to subvert state power while behind bars and has been held till now

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Albert Ho was the vice-chairman of the now-defunct Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Albert Ho was the vice-chairman of the now-defunct Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Former Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan was on Monday released on bail while facing a national security charge laid against him when he was serving time behind bars for unlawful assembly.

Ho, a former vice-chairman of the now-defunct Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, was jailed in May 2021 for 18 months over an illegal gathering in October 2019.

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While serving that sentence, he was charged by national security police with inciting others to subvert state power.

Ho would have been released last month if not for the national security charge. He had also previously applied for a full bail and a one-day bail to attend medical checks as he was diagnosed with cancer about six years ago.

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Ho’s nine bail conditions include a cash bail of HK$700,000 (US$89,211), surety from two personal guarantees of HK$200,000 from his daughter and younger brother’s wife, as well as reporting to Wan Chai Police Station three times a week.

He must not leave Hong Kong, and must hand over all travel documents, observe a night-time curfew, and live at his current address or notify police before changing it.

He must not directly or indirectly, in any way, make, distribute or reprint any speech or behaviour that may be regarded as violating the national security law or crimes endangering national security under Hong Kong legislation.

He must not contact foreign officials, parliamentarians, members of parliament of any rank, or other persons serving the above in any way, directly or indirectly.

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