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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Hong Kong murder suspect plans to turn himself in to Taiwan

HONG KONG – A Hong Kong murder suspect, whose case led the government to attempt to pass an extradition bill last year that sparked massive protests, is expected to return to Taiwan this month to answer the charges of killing his girlfriend.

Chan Tong-kai, who is accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend Poon Hiu-wing in Taiwan in February 2018 before fleeing back to Hong Kong, said Friday that his lawyer was arranging for his return to the self-ruled island.

In a voice recording released to media, Chan apologized to the Poon’s parents.

“My determination to go back to Taiwan and hand myself in has never changed, please do not worry,” Chan said in the recording.

When Chan returned to Hong Kong in 2018, he was charged with money laundering for taking Poon’s money and valuables, and served a prison sentence before being released in October last year.

However, he could

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Temporary homes are castles for Hong Kong’s poor

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70-year-old Lau Kai Fai is one of the first recipients of a Hong Kong ‘transitional home’ — the city’s latest initiative to address its serious housing shortage. Gloria Tso reports.

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US issues sweeping new travel warning for China, Hong Kong

BEIJING – The U.S. on Tuesday issued a sweeping new advisory warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, citing the risk of “arbitrary detention“ and “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”

The advisory is likely to heighten tensions between the sides that have spiked since Beijing’s imposition on Hong Kong of a strict new national security law in June that has already been met with a series of U.S. punitive actions.

The statement warned U.S. citizens that China imposes “arbitrary detention and exit bans” to compel co-operation with investigations, pressure family members to return to China from abroad, influence civil disputes and “gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.”

“U.S. citizens travelling or residing in China or Hong Kong, may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law,“

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