Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested under the city’s new national security law on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces, one of his aides has said.
“Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time,” Mark Simon, a senior executive at Mr Lai’s media company Next Digital, tweeted in the early hours of Monday.
Mr Simon said police searched both Mr Lai and his son’s home, as well as other employees of Next Digital.
Police also searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper.
Hong Kong police said in a statement that seven people aged between 39 and 72 had been arrested on suspicion of violating the national security law, but did not reveal the names of those arrested.
“The police operation is still ongoing and does not rule out more arrests,” the force said.