The US State Department on Friday defended its diplomats in Hong Kong after a local judge alluded to invitation from the consulate in her decision to deny a suspect bail. Photo: Dickson Lee
The US State Department on Friday defended its diplomats in Hong Kong after a local judge alluded to invitation from the consulate in her decision to deny a suspect bail. Photo: Dickson Lee

National security law: US defends diplomats in Hong Kong after judge says invitations from consulate led her to revoke ex-lawmaker’s bail

  • State Department spokesman says it is routine for diplomats to meet prominent local figures after judge points to invitations for suspect to ‘catch up’ with consul general
  • Spokesman calls judge’s allusion to foreign elements ‘an old propaganda trope used by authorities to shift blame and avoid accountability’

The US State Department on Friday defended its diplomats in Hong Kong after a local judge alluded to invitation from the consulate in her decision to deny a suspect bail. Photo: Dickson Lee
The US State Department on Friday defended its diplomats in Hong Kong after a local judge alluded to invitation from the consulate in her decision to deny a suspect bail. Photo: Dickson Lee
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