Next Digital shares halted, jailed owner Lai pleads guilty to illegal HK assembly

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By Donny Kwok and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – Next Digital Ltd shares were suspended on Monday after authorities froze assets of its jailed owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law in Hong Kong, while the tycoon pleaded guilty to taking part in an illegal protest in October 2019. The shares will remain on a trading halt ahead of a company announcement regarding the freeze in Lai’s assets, including his majority stake in the pro-democracy media publisher, Next Digital said. The move against Lai’s assets has raised worries about the future of Next Digital, which he has been keep…

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