Hong Kong’s Apple Daily facing closure after arrest of executives Jun 22, 2021 0 348 12345 dpa Hong KongHong Kong pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily says it is facing the real prospect of having to shut down after its assets were frozen following the arrest of five of its executives on suspicion of violating national security laws.“Apple Daily could be just days away from having to shut down after the board of directors at its parent company agreed on Monday to make a final decision on the matter on Friday pending an appeal to have the group’s assets unfrozen,” the newspaper said in an article published on Monday.The newspaper’s board has requested that at least some of its assets be unfrozen so that it can pay its employees, the report said. If the assets are not released and the board decides to cease operations, the newspaper - founded in 1995 - says Saturday will be its last day of publication.The authorities froze 18 million Hong Kong dollars (2.3 million US dollars) in assets belonging to the newspaper’s parent company Next Digital after five executives were arrested “on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces or external elements to endanger national security.” Two of the five, Next Digital CEO Cheung Kim-hung and Apple Daily Editor-in-Chief Ryan Law, were then charged for allegedly requesting that a foreign country impose sanctions on the governments of Hong Kong and mainland China in various articles. They were denied bail.Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai is currently serving a 20-month sentence for his role in unauthorized protests in 2019, and also faces charges of foreign collusion.All three face life imprisonment if convicted. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India starts free COVID vaccination for all above 18 but glitches remain Jun 22, 2021 0 354 Yoga a ‘source of inner strength’ during pandemic: Modi Jun 22, 2021 0 349 Philippines U-turns on face shields Jun 22, 2021 0 6761 Iran’s Raisi rules out meeting US President Biden dpa Tehran Iranian president-elect Ebrahim Raisi has declined any meeting with US President Joe Biden so long as US sanctions remain in place, and also spoke out against a full renegotiation of the 2015 nuclear deal that .. Lapid to be first Israeli foreign min to visit UAE dpa Tel Aviv Israel’s new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is to become the first to visit the United Arab Emirates, with a trip planned for next week. The head of the Yesh Atid party is to travel to the Gulf state for a two-day visit .. HK’s strict visa rules to hit relations: Taiwan dpa Taipei Taiwan’s government on Monday condemned Hong Kong for imposing strict visa rules on Taiwanese officials, a move it says will worsen diplomatic relations. The criticism came a day after the withdrawal of seven .. Turkish Constitutional Court agrees to rule on ban of pro-Kurdish HDP dpa Istanbul Judges at Turkey’s Constitutional Court unanimously accepted on Monday a case regarding the possible ban of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), state news agency Anadolu ..