9 arrested for serving to 12 fugitives escape Hong Kong | Hong Kong
This Aug 21, 2019 picture exhibits the headquarters of the Hong Kong Police Pressure in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. (MAO SIQIAN / XINHUA)
HONG KONG – 9 folks had been arrested on Saturday on suspicion of serving to 12 felony suspects illegally depart Hong Kong, police stated.
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The 9 are suspected of funding the plan, providing a ship to the 12, transferring them to the dock, and arranging lodging for them in Taiwan, stated Superintendent Tony Ho Chun-tung of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau.
Police stated the arrestees — 4 males and 5 girls aged between 27 to 72 — embrace a former lawmaker assistant, a clerk, a chef and a music trainer. A few of them have been arrested throughout final yr’s social unrest
Ho advised reporters that the arrestees — 4 males and 5 girls aged between 27 to 72 — embrace a former lawmaker assistant, a clerk, a chef and a music trainer. A few of them had been arrested throughout final yr’s social unrest, Ho stated.
Ho added that many of the 9 had been buddies of the 12 suspects. He additionally stated there was no proof that the 9 had been affiliated with any group, contradicting earlier police hypothesis that the 9 had been a part of a smuggling syndicate.
Police seized HK$500,000 (US$64,500) in money, digital gear, and boat-sale paperwork throughout the arrests, Ho stated. The investigation exhibits that the overall value of smuggling the 12 suspects could have exceeded HK$100,000, Ho stated.
The 12 native activists had been captured at sea by Guangdong provincial authorities on Aug 23 whereas they had been trying to depart for Taiwan. They’re being detained in Shenzhen and charged with illegally crossing the boundary or organizing others to take action.
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One of many 12 had been arrested earlier on suspicion of violating the Nationwide Safety Regulation in Hong Kong. Others had been accused of collaborating in felony circumstances associated to final yr’s social unrest.