Aug 10 2020
Hong Kong leading pro-democracy media figure, Jimmy Lai, 71 has been arrested for alleged foreign collusion.
His aide Mark Simon said the owner of Apple Daily was detained this morning under a new national security laws.
Lai is also facing several other charges over his support for the recent pro-democracy protests which rocked Hong Kong for months.
Chinese state media, CCTV has also reported that Lai and six others were arrested on suspicion of “colluding with foreign forces and violating the Hong Kong national security law”.
Apple Daily reported Lai’s son was also arrested.
Lai’s arrest followed United States’ decision to enacted sanctions against top Hong Kong officials including chief executive Carrie Lam.
Under the new law imposed by Beijing in late June, foreign collusion offences are punishable with three to 10 years imprisonment, or up to life for serious cases.
Foreign collusion crimes include requesting or conspiring with a foreign country, institution, organisation or individual – or receiving instruction or funding from them – to disrupt government legislation, undermine an election, or impose sanctions against Hong Kong or mainland China.
“Provoking by unlawful means hatred among Hong Kong residents towards the government of Hong Kong or mainland China” is also outlawed.