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Hong Kong questions family of wanted activist Nathan Law: police source

HONG KONG, CHINA — Hong Kong took three family members of exiled democracy activist Nathan Law in for questioning on Tuesday, days after authorities issued a bounty on him and seven others accused of breaching the city’s national security law.

Police officers from the national security department brought in Law’s parents and elder brother without formally arresting them, a police source confirmed to AFP.

“It’s understood that officers from the NSD took three people — Nathan Law’s parents and elder brother — in for questioning,” they said.

“So far, no arrest has been made.”

Authorities last week offered rewards of HK$1 million (US$128,000) for information leading to the arrest of eight prominent democracy activists now based abroad, accusing them of subversion, foreign collusion and other crimes.

AFP has contacted Law for comment.

The move on Tuesday came days after Hong Kong arrested five men for supporting the wanted activists.

Law, who was granted asylum in Britain in 2021, had previously said in response to the bounties that Hong Kong abused the concept of national security to suppress dissident voices.

After fleeing Hong Kong, Law said in 2020 that he had cut ties with his family and that he was not in contact with them.

The United States, the UK and Australia — countries where the eight wanted activists reside — have issued statements criticising the bounties.

Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong in 2020 following months of huge and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in the finance hub.

Police have arrested 260 people under the national security law so far, with 79 of them convicted or awaiting sentencing in Hong Kong.


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