Hong Kong police have arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday morning under the city’s national security law on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers, reports said.
“Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time,” his aide Mark Simon wrote on Twitter, reports AP.
Hong Kong police said in a statement that seven people had been arrested on suspicion of violating the national security law, but did not reveal their names.
Lai, who owns popular tabloid Apple Daily, is an outspoken pro-democracy figure in Hong Kong and regularly criticises China’s authoritarian rule.
Simon said that police searched both Lai and his son’s home, as well as other members of media group Next Media, which Lai founded.