Hong Kong police arrest nine for aiding dozen to flee territory

HONG KONG—Police in Hong Kong said Saturday they have arrested nine people on suspicion of providing funds and other assistance to a group of 12 who sought to flee the territory by boat in August but were intercepted by Chinese authorities.

A police official said the nine, including four men and five women, were believed to be friends of those in the earlier group.

They were arrested on the charge of assisting offenders and believed to have also arranged for the boat and furnished transport and accommodation, Ho Chun-tung of the Organized Crime Division told reporters.

“That means they might have done something to prevent prosecution of these people or to prevent them from being arrested by the police,” Ho said, referring to the 12 detained in August.

In the Saturday morning operation, police also seized the equivalent of $63,640 (U.S.) in Hong Kong currency, computers, mobile phones and receipts

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