A Hong Kong judge has rejected a request by media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and six former opposition lawmakers to allow a British policing expert to defend them against accusations over an unauthorised rally in 2019.Expressing concerns over the impartiality of the expert and whether his opinion was relevant to the trial, District Judge Amanda Woodcock turned down the last-minute application just before prosecutors opened their case against the seven on Wednesday.The suspects were accused of…



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