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Sen. Cruz Calls for Immediate Release of Jimmy Lai as Chinese Communist Party Begins Trial

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today called for the release of Jimmy Lai, a dissident and the founder of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, who is being unjustly detained by the Chinese Communist Party and subjected to an illegitimate trial without his choice of legal representation. Lai has spent over 1,000 days in solitary confinement in a maximum-security prison in Hong Kong. Lai’s trial began today under unprecedented security and coercive measures.

Sen. Cruz said, “The Chinese Communist Party should immediately release Jimmy Lai. He should never have been detained and there is no excuse left to extend his time in prison. He should be released, returned to his family, and allowed to travel.”