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12 Hongkongers detained in China after fleeing are involved in 7 criminal legal cases, security chief says


Hong Kong Secretary for Security John Lee has said that the 12 Hongkongers detained in Shenzhen after attempting to flee by boat to Taiwan are involved in seven pending criminal cases in the city.

The seven cases involve allegations of rioting, arson, assaulting the police, and possessing an offensive weapon, Lee wrote in a statement on Monday. One of the cases involved an alleged offence under the national security law.

John Lee. File Photo: GovHK.

One of the 12 detainees – pro-democracy activist Andy Li – was arrested on the suspicion of colluding with foreign forces – an offence under the Beijing-imposed security law. Li was amongst those arrested during a mass round-up on August 10.

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