Jimmy Lai on Monday became the highest-profile arrest under Hong Kong’s controversial new national security law. The media tycoon’s aide confirmed the detention on Twitter. “Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time,” Mark Simon, a senior executive at Lai’s media company Next Digital, which publishes local tabloid Apple Daily, said early on Monday. Simon said police searched both Lai’s and his son’s home and raided the Next Digital headquarters in Hong Kong. It was not clear what the officers was looking for in the headquarters. Simon said in a tweet that police were executing a search warrant. New security law The new security law punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison. Police in the city said in a statement that seven people in all had been arrested on suspicion of violating the law, but did not provide details of who was taken into custody. Beijing imposed the legislation on Hong Kong at the end of June, following months of anti-government protests last year. Read more: How China’s security law is pushing Hong Kong citizens to emigrate Police now have sweeping powers to conduct searches without warrants and order internet… Read full this story
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