Date
15 December 2018
Leon Li (inset) was recaptured by the police near a hotel in Wan Chai, with two suspected accomplices also arrested the same night. Li appeared in a court on Monday to face the charge of ‘escape from legal custody’. Photos: HKEJ, TVB News video/screen-gra
Leon Li (inset) was recaptured by the police near a hotel in Wan Chai, with two suspected accomplices also arrested the same night. Li appeared in a court on Monday to face the charge of ‘escape from legal custody’. Photos: HKEJ, TVB News video/screen-gra

Fugitive recaptured after escaping from Queen Mary Hospital

Police have rearrested a mainland man on the Wanted list after he escaped from a hospital on Friday, while also taking into custody two accomplices suspected to have helped him in his attempt to evade capture.

Leon Li, 34, a fugitive from Liaoning province who was arrested in June 2015 for using a forged document of identity, had been on the run since he jumped bail during the trial.

He tried to re-enter Hong Kong on Wednesday and was nabbed at the Hong Kong International Airport, where he told the police that he had AIDS and did not feel well.

He was sent to Queen Mary Hospital and was lodged there for medical checks, when he escaped from the premises, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Li escaped using the ceiling of a toilet at the hospital at about 8.30 am on Friday, prompting police to launch a manhunt immediately afterwards.

After checking footage from security cameras on the streets and receiving tips offered by some citizens, police came to the conclusion that Li hid himself in a hotel in Wan Chai, where he met up with two other men suspected to be his accomplices.

At around 8 pm on Saturday, police recaptured Li near the hotel along with one of the suspected accomplices. As the police sought to nab them, there was a scuffle, causing minor injuries to two officers.

The other suspected accomplice was also arrested at the airport on Saturday night.

Li appeared in an Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Monday to face the charge of “escape from legal custody”. The two suspected accomplices were each charged with aiding and abetting escape from lawful custody.

Li was remanded in custody by the Eastern Court. The two cases were both adjourned to Dec. 17.

According to media reports, Li engages in biotechnology businesses and is a major shareholder of China Environmental Technology Holdings (00646.HK).

The company saw its stock price plummet by as much as 49 percent on Friday when Li was running away from the police.

According to information posted online, Li had claimed to have graduated from the medical school of the University of Cambridge and received a PhD degree at the university.

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