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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, Receives Sentence from the Chinese Communist Government

Lim Kym

(ZENIT News / Hong Kong, 27.11.2022).- Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, SDB, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong was sentenced by China’s Communist Government, on November 25. He was found guilty on a charge relating to his role in a relief fund for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in 2019, who were imprisoned for protesting against the Chinese Communist Government’s violations of human rights. The Cardinal contravened the Societies Ordinance by failing to register the now-defunct “612 Humanitarian Relief Fund,” which was partly used to pay the protesters’ legal and medical fees. 

Cardinal Zen’s conviction comes after a two-month trial. He was sentenced to a fine of US$510. He is now facing a second trial, in which the Chinese Communist government accuses him of “collusion with foreign forces.” If convicted, he could face a one-year prison sentence. 

In 2020, in response to the massive protests against Chinese authoritarianism, the Communist Government implemented the so-called “National Security Law,” which makes this type of accusations possible.