Hong Kong authorities arrested media tycoon and democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, Monday, August 10, on charges of violating the new national security law imposed by China.
READ MORE: The newspaper Apple Daily, which is published by Lai’s Next Digital company, said the 72-year-old Lai was taken from his home on suspicion of colluding with a foreign country. The newspaper also said that at least one of Lai’s sons was also arrested. Hong Kong police said seven men between the ages of 39 and 72 were arrested but did not identify the men.
Hours after Lai’s arrest, more than 100 police officers raided the headquarters of Lai’s Next Digital company. The newspaper livestreamed the raid on its website, showing officers roaming the newsroom as they rummaged through reporters’ files. The newspaper said Lai was led through the newsroom in handcuffs during the raid.
Lai is the highest-profile figure targeted by the new law since it went into effect in July. Under the new security law, anyone in Hong Kong believed to be carrying out terrorism, separatism, subversion of state power or collusion with foreign forces could be tried and face life in prison if convicted.