12 anti-extradition activists and fugitives detained at Detention Centre in Yantian District, Shenzhen


29th August 2020 – (Shenzhen) 12 pro-democracy and anti-extradition activists and fugitives including Andy li, a member of the “Hong Kong Story” who were arrested by the Chinese Coast Guard during an attempt to escape to Taiwan recently are detained in the Detention Centre in Yantian District, Shenzhen. Hong Kong authorities have been notified.. According to mainland law, the time limit for a suspect to be detained in a detention centre depends on the and complexity of each case. Suspects can be held in criminal custody for dozens of days. The Security Bureau stated that the police have received the relevant report and will understand their situation and will notify their family members as soon as possible. The SAR government will provide appropriate assistance according to the wishes of their families.

The arrested included 11 men and 1 woman, aged between 16 and 30. Five of them were students, including one from the University of Hong Kong and the Open University of Hong Kong. According to sources, they took a speedboat arranged by a local triad and departed from Po Toi O in Sai Kung to Taiwan to apply for political asylum. However, they were intercepted in the inland waters off the Ninepin Islands and are currently being detained by Shenzhen Maritime Police for investigation. All 12 of them are either currently on bail or wanted by police, including 29-year-old Andy Li, who was arrested by the Hong Kong Police National Security Department on suspicion of colluding with foreign or foreign forces to endanger national security and money laundering crimes on the 10th of this month. He was released on bail after investigation.

In addition, three of the arrested were involved in the bombing of Wah Yan College last year, including 22-year-old third-year student Cheung from the Open University of Hong Kong, 20-year-old unemployed man and 21-year-old Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) student. Another 30-year-old sales assistant was involved in a petrol bomb case in Wan Chai. A 17-year-old former MTR technical trainee and a 17-year-old student were involved in conspiracy to commit arson and possession of items with intent to damage property.

In addition, 29-year-old surveyor, Lee was involved in the Admiralty riot last year and assaulting the police, another 18-year-old student was involved in the riot last year and a 16-year-old student was involved in the crime of attempted arson. In addition, a 29-year-old mechanic Wong, was charged with one count of manufacturing explosives in a village house in Sheung Shui in January this year. He was released on bail and was not allowed to leave Hong Kong. the only woman on the boat was also suspected of being involved in the Sheung Shui explosive case and has been wanted by the police.