Hong Kong’s media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested under Hong Kong’s national security legislation, and his newspaper raided.
He is accused of ‘colluding with foreign powers’.
Lai’s Apple Daily reported that 10 police officers arrived at the 72-year-old’s home at 7am and began live streaming a raid on its headquarters by scores of police who could be seen looking through piles of papers including on reporters’ desks.
The police have arrested seven people.
“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. The punishment carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Lai’s is the most high-profile arrest since China imposed the security legislation, triggering condemnation from activists within Hong Kong as well as from Western countries.