(ZENIT News / Hong Kong, 11.08.2022).-Cardinal Joseph Zen, Archbishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, will be put on trial from September 19-23 in Hong Kong. This decision was announced on Wednesday, August 10, by the Wets Kowlonn Court, according to information of Hong Kong Free Press. The Cardinal is accused by the Chinese dictatorship of not having registered a humanitarian Fund in which the Cardinal was listed as trustee. In addition to the Cardinal, five other persons will be tried who are linked to the “Democratic Front” (Human rights organization critical of the Chinese government).
Although those implicated were arrested for the crime of collusion with foreign forces (accusation that is possible thanks to the so-called “National Security Law, which the Chinese Government imposed to persecute those opposed to its dictatorial practices), the trial will go ahead for a secondary cause. After his arrest last May, Cardinal Zen was freed after paying a fine.
The Fund that is at the base of this trial is Fund 612, which has helped to stimulate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. According to “Asia News,” if the trial is limited to the cause earlier referred to, the sentence could end by paying a US$1,750 fine. Early last July the European Parliament urged the Vatican to support the Cardinal Emeritus of Hong Kong. However, the Holy See has not given any public support to Cardinal Zen.