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Man arrested over threats against election officials


Man arrested over threats against election officials
A briefing session for candidates for the 2016 Legislative Council election is held i n Kowloon Bay on Aug 2, 2016. (Photo by Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police have arrested a man believed to be involved in recent online personal attacks and threats against the city's returning officers.

The suspect, surnamed Choi, 22, was arrested in his residence in Shau Kei Wan, for the alleged offense of accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent. The police also seized two mobile phones and a tablet computer.

Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau senior officer Jethro Chiu Kin-yip said the police had noticed some internet users had recently made threatening remarks and personal attacks after returning officers rejected the candidacy of some participants in the upcoming Legislative Council election.

The suspect's remarks included that he was going to throw stones, bricks and explosives at the returning officers, according to Chiu.

Chiu cautioned internet users that the city's laws not only regulate people's behavior in the real world but also in cyber communities. He said the police are investigating other cases and make other arrests if necessary.

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