Hong Kong, Feb 17 (efe-epa).- Jailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested for allegedly assisting one of 12 young fugitives captured at sea by Chinese authorities last year, local media reported Wednesday.
On Tuesday night, Lai, currently in remand prison, was arrested by police on suspicion of foreign collusion and conspiracy to assist a criminal, said the Apple Daily, a newspaper founded by Lai himself.
The arrest came shortly before the 72-year-old pro-democracy businessman’s Thursday bail hearing for a separate court case, in which he is charged with colluding with foreign forces under a controversial security law Beijing imposed in June in Hong Kong.
On the same day Lai was arrested in prison, a 29-year-old paralegal was charged with collusion with foreign forces and conspiracy to assist a criminal. Chan Tsz-wah appeared in a court Wednesday and was denied bail. His case was adjourned to April.
According to the Apple Daily, Chan was alleged to have conspired with Lai to help activist Andy Li flee to Taiwan. Li is one of 12 Hongkongers who faced charges related to the anti-government protests in 2019.
The 12 were caught by Chinese maritime police when trying to flee to Taiwan on a boat in August 2020. Li, along with nine other fugitives, were later convicted by a mainland Chinese court. Li is serving a seven-month sentence in mainland China. EFE-EPA