Billionaire Pro-Democracy Media Tycoon Arrested in Hong Kong News Room

In Hong Kong, media tycoon Jimmy Lai, known for his support of the city’s pro-democracy movement and criticism of China, was arrested on suspicion of “colluding” with foreign forces, says local police.

The new national security law was imposed on the city by Beijing last month. Lai’s business partner Mark Simon said the billionaire was arrested early Monday. 

By Monday evening, the police in Hong Kong had arrested at least 10 people between the ages of 23 and 72, all on the suspicion of collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, conspiracy to defraud, and other offenses as reported by CNN. 

A spokesman for the police said earlier in the day that Lai was among them. The police statement noted that the investigation was continuing and that more arrests could be forthcoming. 

Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was also among those arrested according to the police. Under the new law, the offense of colluding with foreign powers carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Lai has strong ties to Washington and has lobbied the U.S. to take a harder line on China.