Former Studentlocalism member arrested for assisting fugitives

Local | 9 Nov 2020 4:57 pm

Officers from the police's national security department today arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with a probe into Tony Chung Hon-lam and two other young people linked to a pro-Hong Kong independence group.

Studentlocalism posted on their Facebook saying that the arrest involved another of its former members, Tim Luk.

"Tim Luk has been arrested today by the National Security Agency for assisting fugitives," it wrote, adding that Luk has accepted legal assistance.

Police confirmed the arrest of a man surnamed Luk in Yuen Long and said their investigation was linked to last month's arrests of Chung and others under the national security law.

Chung, a former convenor of Studentlocalism, was charged with secession – an offence that carries a maximum punishment of life behind bars.

Two others linked to the group, Yanni Ho and William Chan, were arrested on the same day as Chung but were not charged with any offence and were released on bail.

Chung was believed to have been arrested near the US Consulate in Central, with reports suggesting he was hoping to seek asylum.

The 19-year-old, who has also been charged with conspiracy to publish seditious material and money laundering, was denied bail after appearing in court on October 29.

When the national security law was implemented at the end of June, Studentlocalism announced that it would cease to operate in Hong Kong but its members overseas would continue their activities.-RTHK

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