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Sunday, November 22, 2020, 09:54
HK police arrest 3 on suspicion of assisting secessionist activities
By Wang Zhan
Sunday, November 22, 2020, 09:54 By Wang Zhan

This Aug 21, 2019 photo shows the headquarters of the Hong Kong Police Force in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. (MAO SIQIAN / XINHUA)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong police arrested on Saturday three people on suspicion of money laundering and funding secessionist activities.

In a written reply to China Daily, an officer with the Police Public Relations Branch said police had noticed that some people have launched a fundraising campaign on social media platforms since late February this year for financially supporting arrested protesters who had left Hong Kong. These people have provided bank account information for collecting the fund.

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After an in-depth investigation, officers of the National Security Department of Hong Kong Police Force suspected that some people had illegally misappropriated and processed part of the funds, and funded people and organizations that advocate secession activities, the officer said in the reply.

The arrest of the trio was made in North Point on Saturday, the officer said. The man and two women, aged from 50 to 53, were suspected of “providing pecuniary or other financial assistance or property for the commission of secession by other persons and dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offense (commonly known as "money laundering"),” according to the reply.

They were being detained for further inquiries, the officer added.

As of Saturday, 32 people — including 24 men and two women — had been arrested by the Hong Kong police for engaging in acts or activities endangering national security, the officer said.

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