Jimmy Lai goes on trial in Hong Kong on national-security charges in September. In October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce this year’s Peace Prize. The Chinese Communist Party nightmare is that Jimmy (who is my godson) is awarded the Nobel for championing freedom at about the same time he is handed a life sentence for the exact same thing.
Enter Natan Sharansky. Mr. Sharansky spent nine years in a Soviet prison after trying to emigrate to Israel—and he supports the Nobel Peace Prize for Jimmy. He also worked with Andrei Sakharov, who went from top Soviet nuclear physicist to top dissident and was awarded the Nobel in 1975. I asked Mr. Sharansky if Beijing would be rattled by a Jimmy Lai Nobel.
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