A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of posting online threats against unnamed election officials.
The suspect, surnamed Tsoi, was picked up Wednesday from his Yiu Tung Estate flat in Shau Kei Wan by officers from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Tsoi was charged with illegal access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent.
He was released on police bail, pending further investigation, and told to report back to the station in September.
Investigators said the suspect, also known as Fat Tsoi, posted an online message in which he threatened to attack election officials with “stones, bricks and bombs”.
It came after an officer from the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) had told Chan Ho-tin, convenor of Hong Kong National Party, a newly founded pro-independence group, that his candidacy for the Legislative Council elections in September had been turned down.
The EAC has come under fire in recent weeks after it required candidates to sign a pledge of allegiance to the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini constitution.
Senior police inspector Chiu Kin-yip said authorities have been investigating a series of online threats targeting EAC officers involved in the electoral approval process.
He did not reveal the identities of the potential targets but sources said they are returning officers Alan Lo and Cora Ho.
Lo and Ho disqualified Chan and Edward Leung, respectively.
Leung is a spokesman for Hong Kong Indigenous, another pro-independence party.
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