Four Apple Daily executives charged with collusion with foreign forces

Four Apple Daily executives were arrested and charged with collusion with foreign forces by national security police on Wednesday.

They will appear in West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

The four included former associate publisher Chan Pui-man, former executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung and two former editorial writers Fung Wai-kwong and Yeung Ching-kee, who goes by his pen name “Li Ping”.

Article 29 of national security law stated that person who steals, spies, obtains with payment, or unlawfully provides State secrets or intelligence concerning national security for a foreign country or an institution, organization or individual outside China, Hong Kong, and Macao shall be guilty of an offense.

It also stated that a person who commits an offense of a grave nature shall be sentenced to life imprisonment or fixed-term imprisonment of not less than ten years.

Chan was one of the five Apple Daily directors arrested a month ago. She was then released on bail.

Fung, who was also the English news executive editor-in-chief, was arrested at the airport last month when he was about to fly to the UK.

Another editorial writer Yeung was arrested on June 23, while the 26-year-old Apple Daily ceased operations the next day.

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