Hong Kong media mogul arrested
News Desk || risingbd.com
Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, one of the city's most vocal Beijing critics, was arrested Monday under a new national security law for colluding with foreign forces, deepening a crackdown on democracy supporters.
"They arrested him at his house at about 7am. Our lawyers are on the way to the police station," Mark Simon, a close aide, told a news agency, adding that other members of Lai's media group had also been arrested.
Mark Simon, a senior executive at Lai's Next Media group, said on Twitter that the tycoon was "being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time" and that police were searching the publisher's offices.
Lai's Apple Daily reported that 10 police officers arrived at the 72-year-old's home at about 7am (23:00 GMT on Sunday).
The police confirmed the arrest of seven people aged between 39 and 72.
"Offences include collusion with a foreign country/external elements to endanger national security, Article 29 of the NSL. Investigation is underway," the force posted on its official Twitter account. Article 29 relates to alleged offences including receiving any kind of support - directly or indirectly - from people overseas and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.