Media tycoon and activist Jimmy Lai said that after his arrest under a new national security law, Hong Kong police raided one of his private offices and stormed the newsroom of his Apple Daily newspaper.
Investigators “stripped everything” He told media including Radio Television Hong Kong before appearing in court on Thursday. The founder of Next Digital Limited said that he did not know that the officers were on the lookout and accused the police of not taking action as per law.
“I have no comment,” Lai said, according to RTHK. “I don’t know what his intention is.” They wanted to gather, they wanted something to happen against me. I do not know what it is. ”
Lai faces several criminal investigations related to his involvement in Hong Kong’s democracy movement. The court appearance on Thursday was outweighed by a vigilance-related illegal assembly charge held on June 4, the anniversary of the Beijing action on activists in Tianmen Square in 1989.
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The Hong Kong police force said in a statement that officials of the National Security Department searched a Kwun Tong office related to the arrests arrested on Thursday. 10. Then arrested Lai was involved. The statement does not say whose office the search warrant was for, but that “some relevant exhibitions were seized for investigation and no person was arrested.”
Mark Simon, director of the next digital group, said on Twitter, fourteen investigators raided the office, took documents before a lawyer arrived and left. “Police are still trying to get civil cases involved in criminal cases and stop using the funds to support Mr Lai Apple Daily,” Simon said.
Shares of Next Digital increased Hong Kong business by 10%, rising to 38% soon after the raid was reported. Media company was It rose more than 1,100% in two days in August as people bought the stock to show support for Lai after his arrest.
Lai Ke The arrests sent shockwaves through a city under a comprehensive new security law implemented by Beijing, where the protection of basic freedom of speech is increasingly being questioned. So his flagship paper, Apple Daily, was raided by dozens of officials, which was streamed live video.
In a separate case, Lai was last month In 2017, a reporter was found not guilty of criminal intimidation. The government has appealed that decision.
– assisted by Kevin Kingsbury, and Alfred Liu
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