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‘Collusion with foreign powers': Billionaire Hong Kong protest-backer Jimmy Lai detained, his Apple Daily offices searched

Added 08-10-20 12:37:02am EST - “Billionaire media tycoon and Hong Kong protest-backer Jimmy Lai has been arrested on suspicion of "collusion with foreign powers." Police also searched the offices of his Apple Daily tabloid, under the new national security law.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Collusion with foreign powers’: Billionaire Hong Kong protest-backer Jimmy Lai detained, his Apple Daily offices searched”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

According to a senior executive at Lai's media company Next Digital, Mark Simon, the prominent 71yo mogul and supporter of the anti-Beijing movement in Hong Hong was arrested Monday morning.

“Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time,” Simon said. Hong Kong police confirmed the arrest of seven suspects, on offences including collusion with foreign powers, but did not name them.

Jimmy Lai, who is a UK citizen, is handcuffed and and escorted to a van. Arrested for alleged foreign collusion, he is so far the highest-profile arrested after national security law was inserted by Beijing. Police says he is also arrested for committing fraud. #HongKongProtestspic.twitter.com/Vi4okmLhUv

Police said further arrests are possible as an Apple Daily source told Reuters their office and houses of several employees were being searched.

Beijing passed a new national security law in June, which allowed it to tackle anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The legislation was passed after months of mass protests and rioting that attracted the support of many Western countries – something that China perceives as interference in its internal affairs.

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