Nathan Law and five others listed as "wanted fugitives" of national security lawLocal | 1 Aug 2020 2:31 pm
Six activists, including former lawmaker Nathan Law Kwun-chung, are being sought by Hong Kong Police on suspicions of breaking the new national security law.
Law, along with five others, former British consulate staff Simon Cheng Man-kit, independence activist Ray Wong Toi-yeung, Honcques Lau Hong, Wayne Chan Ka-kui and US-based Samuel Chu of the Hong Kong Democracy Council, were accused of inciting session and colluding with foreign and external forces.
This would be the first time officers invoked the new legislation imposed by Beijing a month ago.
Beijing’s state media – the Global Times – described the six as “secessionists” and that they all had fled overseas.
In response to the news, Law- who had fled to the UK earlier this month – said he would cut off ties with his family.
“I stress that all overseas advocacy has been done in my personal capacity, without any connection with other individuals,” the disqualified legislator and ex-member of the now-disbanded group Demosisto wrote on Facebook.
“Since I left Hong Kong, I have not been in contact with my family members. From now on, I will sever my relationship with them.”
Law said he was “completely clueless” to the offences he might have committed, and the answer might be he “loves Hong Kong too much”.
State media CCTV reported a previous claim made against Cheng that he had visited prostitutes during a visit on the mainland in August last year.
Last November, mainland officers released footage of Cheng’s supposed “confession”.
Cheng later told foreign media that he had been tortured by police in Shenzhen while being interrogated, adding that officers were trying to extract information about the anti-government protests in Hong Kong at that time.
“I’m accused as a separatist?… Just frame me up whatever the totalitarian regime wants,” said Cheng in a social media post.
Cheng was granted asylum in the UK in June, while Lau too was seeking asylum in the country this week.
Chu, who has been a US citizen for almost 25 years, said he was believed to be the first non-Chinese citizen listed as a “wanted fugitive”.
“The Hong Kong police is issuing an arrest warrant against an American citizen for advocating and lobbying my own government,” said Chu.
Chu’s US-based organization – HKDC- has lobbied US lawmakers to support numerous bills related to Hong Kong affairs.
“Let me be very clear – I might be the first non-Chinese citizen to be targeted, but I will not be the last… If I am targeted, any American and any citizen of any nation who speaks out for Hong Kong can, and will be, too.”
Wong, who once led the pro-independence group Hong Kong Indigenous with the now-jailed activist Edward Leung Tin-kei, had been given asylum in Germany. He had skipped bail after charged in connection with the Mong Kok riot in 2016.
Chan, covenor of the Hong Kong Independence Union, escaped to the Netherlands after jumping bail while facing an illegal assembly charge in anti-fugitive protests last year.