Hong Kong Police Arrest 6 for Sedition

Hong Kong’s national security police arrested six people on Wednesday on suspicion of causing a nuisance at court hearings in December and January.

The six suspects, four men and two women aged between 32 to 67 years old, were arrested under the colonial-era sedition law, a crime under the Crimes Ordinance.

The suspects allegedly violated Sections 9 and 10 of the Crimes Ordinance by causing disturbances at the proceedings at the High Court, the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts and the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts between December 2021 and January 2022.

Police obtained warrants to raid the suspects’ residences and seized conspiracy records to cause nuisance in the courts as evidence on Wednesday morning.

Leo Tang, a former vice-chairman of the now-disbanded Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), and citizen journalist Siew Yun-long were two of the six suspects arrested.

Leo Tang was reportedly taken in by police for questioning last week, along with three ex-leaders of the HKCTU.

Officers also searched multiple locations, including the HKCTU’s office and the residences of ex-members.

The six people arrested on Wednesday will face up to two years in prison if they are charged and convicted of sedition.


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