Date
22 January 2017
Police bring a suspect to the site of the arson, where the trash can has been replaced, outside the Legco building. Photo: Reuters
Police bring a suspect to the site of the arson, where the trash can has been replaced, outside the Legco building. Photo: Reuters

Six men arrested in suspected arson at Legco building

Police arrested six men, including four college students, for allegedly causing a fire and explosion in a trash can outside the Legislative Council building Dec. 9, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

The four students are Joe Yeung (楊逸朗), 22, secretary general of the Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University and a pro-democracy activist; a student surnamed Ng, 22, at the same university; a student surnamed Chan, 18, at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education; and a student surnamed Chow, 19, at Pui Ching Academy.

The other two are a 24-year-old man surnamed Lam, who said he was a renovation worker, and a 19-year-old man surnamed Ip, who is unemployed.

Five of them were arrested in Yau Ma Tei, Yau Tong, Sha Tin, Tung Chung and Tuen Mun, while Lam, who was allegedly responsible for buying the wine and newspaper used to set the fire, was arrested Monday night at the pier as he returned to Hong Kong from Macau.

While no one was injured in the incident, which happened hours after the Legco adjourned its meeting on Dec. 9 because it did not have a quorum to start the second reading of proposed amendments to the copyright law, the crime unit at Hong Kong Island Regional Headquarters immediately launched an investigation.

More than 10 days of investigation involved going through about 2,000 hours of video footage taken by security cameras inside and outside the Legco building and tracing how the culprits fled on public transport by their Octopus cards, police finally arrested the six suspects.

Some of the suspects were reportedly members of Valiant Frontier, a radical pro-independence group.

The newspaper cited unnamed sources as saying some of the men claimed they did it just for fun, while the rest remained silent.

None of them admitted their acts had anything to do with the copyright bill.

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