Pompeo deeply troubled by Hong Kong tycoon arrest

11 August, 2020 | World News
A staff member sorts Apple Daily newspapers, published by Next Media Ltd, with the headline “Apple Daily will fight on”, after media mogul and founder of Apple Daily Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was arrested by the national security unit, at a store in Hong Kong, China August 11, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he’s “deeply troubled” by reports of the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai “under Hong Kong‘s draconian National Security Law.”

Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper.

“Further proof that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) has eviscerated Hong Kong‘s freedoms and eroded the rights of its people,” Pompeo said in a Twitter post.

Separately, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement: “We are deeply troubled by the arrest of Jimmy Lai.”

He said the arrest of Lai and a number of others was an effort to intimidate pro-democracy and opposition figures and suppress independent media.