Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under new national security law

# 09:45
10 August 2020

Hong Kong media tycoon and leading pro-democracy figure, Jimmy Lai, has been arrested for alleged foreign collusion under controversial new national security laws, APA reports citing The Guardian.

The 71-year-old founder of news outlet Apple Daily, who is already facing several other charges over the organisation and promotion of protests last year, was detained on Monday morning.

Hong Kong police confirmed seven people aged 39 to 72 had been arrested on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces against national security, and conspiracy to commit fraud. “The police operation is still ongoing and does not rule out more arrests,” the force said.