Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested

Published by BBC.COM

Summary generated on August 9, 2020

    Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested for suspected collusion with foreign forces, his aide has said.

    Mr Lai supported pro-democracy protests that erupted in Hong Kong last year.

    "Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time," said Mr Simon, an executive at Mr Lai's media firm Next Digital.

    Hong Kong police have said that seven people were arrested on Monday on suspicion of breaking the national security law, but have not yet confirmed that Mr Lai is among them.

    Mr Lai is estimated to be worth more than $1bn. The newspaper he founded, Apple Daily, is frequently critical of Hong Kong and Chinese leadership.

    On 30 June, when the security law was passed, the businessman told the BBC that this "Spells the death knell for Hong Kong".

    The law makes it easier to punish protesters, and reduces the Hong Kong's autonomy.