A 90-year-old Catholic cardinal and five other dissidents were convicted in Hong Kong on Friday for failing to register a now-defunct fund set up to help protesters in the 2019 anti-government protests.
Cardinal Joseph Zen — one of Asia’s highest highest-ranking Catholics — was a trustee of the fund along with singer Denise Ho, scholar Hui Po Keung, a former pro-democracy lawmakers Margaret Ng and Cyd Ho.
Five of the group were fined HK$4,000 (about €490, $510) for the crime of failing to properly register the fund as a society, while a sixth person got a smaller fine.
According to the court ruling, the entity — called the “612 Humanitarian Relief Fund” — was not registered with authorities under the semi-autonomous region’s Companies Ordinance.
The fund helped pay…