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Lawyers for jailed Hong Kong publisher Lai ask to meet UK PM

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By KANIS LEUNG
Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — A lawyer for jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy publisher Jimmy Lai says her team has asked for an urgent meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The 75-year-old founder of the now-defunct newspaper Apple Daily, Lai was arrested during a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy movement. He is fighting collusion charges under a Beijing-imposed national security law and faces up to life in prison if convicted. The meeting request is the latest attempt from his legal team to urge the British government to step into the case. Last month, the team also called for the U.K. government to help secure Lai’s release ahead of his trial. Sunak’s spokesman said the legal team met with Minister for Asia Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

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