The former chairperson of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance who was charged under the Beijing-imposed national security law has been remanded in custody after violating bail conditions.

Winnie Yu, one of the 47 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures accused of taking part in a conspiracy to commit subversion, appeared at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday after she was arrested again the night before.

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Winnie Yu. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

The 34-year-old was granted bail in July last year after being detained earlier in February.

Following the revocation of Yu’s bail, only 13 of the 47 defendants remain out on bail. Yu was the second person to have their bail revoked after activist Owen Chow was remanded again in January this year.

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Principal Magistrate Peter Law, after considering submission from the prosecution and defence, ruled that Yu had breached bail terms, and that he could not trust that Yu would not continue to endanger national security.

The magistrate also rejected the defense’s application to lift reporting restrictions.

Under court reporting restrictions, written and broadcast reports are limited to only including the result of a bail proceeding, the names of the person applying for bail and their representation, and the offence concerned.

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West Kowloon Law Courts Building. Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

After the court session ended, Yu shouted from the dock: “look after my cats.” People in the public gallery replied saying “we got it,” and “okay.”

The former chairperson will appear in court again on April 28 with the other 46 defendants.

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Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.