DC chief arrested under sedition laws over online post

March 26, 2020 18:53
Cheng Lai-king, chairwoman of the Central and Western District Council, has been arrested for sharing ‘seditious content’ online. Photo: Screenshot/RTHK News video

A pro-democracy district councilor was arrested early Thursday over an alleged offense of doxxing a police officer, with authorities booking her under colonial-era sedition laws.

Cheng Lai-king, a Democratic Party member and chairwoman of the Central and Western District Council, was taken into custody from her home after she reshared a Facebook post which contained a photo, name, rank, and home address of a police officer who was accused of firing projectiles and blinding an Indonesian journalist last year during an anti-government protest.

The online post, which Cheng reshared earlier this week, mentioned the words "An eye for an eye", in Chinese.

Swalikh Mohammed, a superintendent with the police's Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, told the media Thursday afternoon that a 60-year-old woman was arrested in Kwai Tsing district on suspicion of seditious acts.

No one is above the law, regardless of their background or occupation, he said.

Cheng was later released on HK$10,000 cash bail.

According to Mohammed, the police recently found that someone illegally shared a police officer’s personal information, including the officer's name, photo, staff number, address and phone number, via social media.

The person was also suspected of making remarks, via social media, inciting violence and hatred, he said.

He added that the suspect could have violated a High Court injunction banning doxxing of police officers, as well as the Privacy Ordinance, RTHK reported.

Investigation of the case is still underway, Mohammed said, not ruling out further arrests.

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