Police searched the home of Ray Wong Toi-yeung, convenor of the localist group Hong Kong Indigenous, at Choi Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O on Monday, a day after he was arrested with a friend in Tin Shui Wai.
Investigators took away Wong’s notebook computer after searching the flat for more than an hour, Apple Daily reported on Tuesday.
Wong, 22, was present while the search of his flat was taking place. He was handcuffed.
Wong’s friend, surnamed Cheung, could face charges of taking part in a riot and assisting in a crime, while Wong himself could be sued for inciting people to participate in a riot.
Sources said Cheung is not a member of Hong Kong Indigenous and the dozens of Viagra pills seized from his home in Tin Shui Wai were related to his job as a salesperson for a pharmaceutical firm.
Police said the search of Cheung’s flat also yielded chemicals, such as ammonium nitrate, polyethylene glycol and silicon dioxide, that can be used to make explosives. The volume of the seized chemicals was not revealed.
According to RTHK, Hong Kong Indigenous has denied the HK$530,000 in cash that police seized from Cheung’s flat was part of the financial donations the group has received from the public after the Mong Kok clashes on Feb. 9.
The group said all public donations for the provision of legal aid to those charged in connection with the Mong Kok clashes are safe, and more details about the funds will be disclosed at an appropriate time.
Amber Wai Pik-kwan, spokesperson for the group, said Wong never used any of the public donations, which have reached over HK$1 million since the fund-raising drive started on Feb. 10.
She also said the group has not been able to contact Wong for over 10 days.
At least 72 people have been arrested in connection with the Mong Kok clashes, including more than 20 members of Hong Kong Indigenous.
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