Three accused pleaded not guilty to their charges, including Jimmy Lai, the founder of the now-defunct pro-democracy paper Apple Daily. The others pleaded guilty.
Lai has been charged with inciting others to take part in the banned vigil. Lawyer Chow Hang-tung and former reporter Gwyneth Ho also pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them.
Lai, Chow, and Ho also face separate charges under Hong Kong's national security law for collusion with foreign forces, incitement to subversion, and conspiracy to subversion.
Furthermore, Lai is facing 20 months' imprisonment for a case connected to the 2019 protests in the city. In total, 26 activists were arrested for organizing the vigil last year, of which 16 have been sentenced to between four and ten months jail time after pleading guilty.
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