August 10, 2020Primo arrest of a high profile in Hong Kong, for a violation of the law on national security imposed by Beijing and heavily criticized at the international level. The publisher of the orientation pro-democrat Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, has been stopped in the morning for alleged “collusion with foreign forces”, one of the crimes punishable with sentences of up to life imprisonment by the new law entered into force on 30 June last. On his page Facebook to the tabloid Apple Daily, owned by the same Lai, has released images of the arrest of the tycoon 71enne, taken delivery of by the agents at his house in Ho Man Tin, a residential area on the Kowloon peninsula.
The arrest of Lai was confirmed on Twitter by a leader of the group, Next Digital properties and Lai, Mark Simon, who is abroad, and the same police of Hong Kong on Facebook: the agents carried out a raid in the headquarters of the group of Lai, in the district of Tseung Kwan O “, to collect evidence related to the violation of national security” and do not exclude further arrests in the course of the day. In addition to Lai, at least six other people were arrested in the same operation, all of Hong Kong, between the ages of 39 and 72 years old, for violations of the law on national security, conspiracy to fraud and other crimes. Among those arrested, writes the South China Morning Post, there are some of the leaders of the group of the Lai, and also the two sons of the entrepreneur of the media of Hong Kong.