Cardinal Joseph Zen faces trial next month. (photo: Rock Li via Wikimedia / (CC BY-SA 3.0))
The Sept. 19-23 trial will be conducted in Chinese, with the closing arguments in English.
By Jonah McKeown, CNA,
Cardinal Joseph Zen is set to stand trial next month, along with four other people, in connection to his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy legal fund. It appears he has not been indicted under Hong Kong’s national security law, which would have carried with it much more serious penalties.
Cardinal Zen, 90, is the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, an outspoken advocate for religious freedom and democracy, and a sharp critic of the Vatican’s 2018 agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops. …