Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai taken to his yacht by HK police as part of national security law investigation

12-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, who was arrested on Monday under the national security law, was taken to his yacht by Hong Kong police on Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation after spending a night in jail.

An unmarked police car carrying the 72-year-old drove into Hong Kong Marina in Sai Kung at around 11am.

A police source said officers from the new National Security Department police unit would carry out a search of Lai’s yacht.

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Shortly before 11.30am, Lai, who was handcuffed, exited the car and was taken around the club by a team of officers. Two men believed to be his legal representatives were also there.

The search ended about 30 minutes later, and the police car carrying Lai left the yacht club at 12.10pm.

Monday’s drama began just after 7am, when officers arrested Lai at his home in Ho Man Tin, followed by the detention of two of his sons and four senior executives of Next Digital, the parent company of Lai’s tabloid-style newspaper.

Police arrested the media mogul on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, uttering seditious words, and conspiracy to defraud.

In an unprecedented move, police then sent more than 200 officers to the Tseung Kwan O premises of the company to conduct a raid that lasted nearly nine hours.

On Monday afternoon, police also detained former student activist Agnes Chow Ting, and two others, on suspicion of collusion with a foreign force.

As of 11am on Tuesday, all 10 suspects were being held for questioning and none had been charged.


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