mandag 10. august 2020

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under new national security law

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, known for his support of the city's pro-democracy movement and criticism of China, has been arrested on suspicion of "colluding" with foreign forces, according to local police. The offense was created by a new national security law imposed on the city by Beijing last month. Lai's business partner Mark Simon said the tycoon was arrested early Monday.

By Monday afternoon, Hong Kong police had arrested at least nine people, aged 23 to 72, on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, conspiracy to defraud and other offenses, according to a police statement. A police spokesman told CNN earlier in the day that Lai was among them and that he had been arrested on suspicion of collusion. The police statement noted that the investigation was continuing and that more arrests could be made.