Bomber suspect's bail plea rejected

Top News | Charlotte Luo 23 Jul 2019

A pro-independence group member arrested for possessing a large amount of explosives has been denied bail by a West Kowloon Magistrates' Court.

Louis Lo Yat-sun, 27, of the Hong Kong National Front, faced one count of possessing an explosive substance - an offense that carries a 14-year prison term.

In his first court appearance yesterday, Lo applied for bail but was rejected by acting principal magistrate Ada Yim Shun-yee. The case was adjourned to October 14. Lo remained in custody.

He was arrested on Saturday after police seized 1.5 kilograms of triacetone triperoxide explosives along with several home-made petrol bombs inside a unit at an industrial building in Tsuen Wan.

Police described the seizure as the largest amount of explosives ever found in Hong Kong.

The prosecution said Lo knowingly had an explosive substance in his possession at the Lung Shing Factory Building. It said hydrogen peroxide, corrosive acid and gasoline were found inside the unit, which could be raw materials for making TATP.

The defense questioned whether the explosive substance police found was in fact TATP. It added that 280 grams of TATP was powerful enough to blow up an airplane.

The defense said hydrogen peroxide and corrosive acid are common products.

It added that it should not be assumed that the defendant possessed them or was the only person who had access to the unit.

Lo was not required to enter a plea.

The prosecution needs 12 more weeks to conduct further investigations, including reviewing the building's security camera footage, analyzing DNA and samples of the substances found in the unit, and checking Lo's mobile phone and computer.

Lo was among three men arrested following a police raid at the building, which took place after the force gathered intelligence.

The other two men, both 25, were released on bail and will need to report back to police next month.

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