A 30-year-old immigration assistant was arrested for a post on his Facebook account that said he would donate HK$10,000 (US$1,284) for each Hong Kong police officer killed by any group.
The suspect, surnamed Chu, was arrested after the post went viral on social media, prompting some netizens to report the case to the police, Apple Daily reported.
The alleged reward offer came after police officers clashed with protesters in Mong Kok on the night of Feb. 8, resulting in injuries to more than a hundred people.
Hours before his arrest, Chu, who is an assistant at the Immigration Department and has been working there for eight years, went to the police station in Tin Shui Wai to report that his Facebook account had been hacked.
But police investigators doubted his claim, noting that the IP (internet protocol) address posted on his Facebook account was his.
Chu was charged with “misleading officers by false information” and “accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent”.
At least 37 people have been charged with taking part in the Mong Kok clashes, and police are still looking for those who might have encouraged people to fight law enforcers.
On Friday, a 38-year-old man surnamed Ng was arrested on suspicion of encouraging others to take part in the clashes in Mong Kok on social media.
Ng was also charged with “accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent”. He said he was at work on Monday night but not in Mong Kok.
Law Yuk Kai, director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, said police have resorted to filing such a case because it is not easy to charge a person with the offense of rioting.
The Mong Kok clashes took place after Food and Environmental Hygiene Department staff tried to stop unlicensed food stall operators from conducting their business in the streets.
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