23rd June 2022 – (Hong Kong) The National Security Department of the Police arrested a 59-year-old MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) coach and his 62-year-old female assistant in Tsim Sha Tsui on 20th March this year. After further investigation into the case, the police arrested three more men (aged 39 to 50) in Kwai Chung, Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai respectively yesterday (22nd) and today (23rd) on suspicion of violating the crime of “acting with seditious intent” , they are suspected to be related to the case of inciting hatred during MMA training class.
According to court warrants, the police searched the residences of the above-mentioned three persons and seized a batch of evidences suspected of being related to the case, including mobile phones that had been used to publish messages of seditious intentions, a number of sharpened machetes, short sabres, swords and other offensive weapons. All arrested persons are being detained for investigation.
In addition, the National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force (NSD) today arrested two men, aged 28 and 30, in Wong Tai Sin and Yuen Long respectively, for suspected of “doing an act or acts with seditious intention”, contravening Section 9 and 10 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200). Investigation revealed that the two arrested persons were suspected of publishing posts on social platforms to disseminate seditious messages that promote feelings of ill-will and enmity between different classes of the population of Hong Kong and incite the use of violence.
Besides, Police conducted searches at the two arrested persons’ residences with a court warrant. Some electronic communication devices which were used to publish seditious messages were seized.
NSD laid holding charges against the two arrested persons, each with one count of “doing an act or acts with seditious intention” this evening. The case will be mentioned at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow morning.
Police remind members of the public that “doing an act or acts with seditious intention” is a serious crime. Offenders shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for two years on first conviction. Members of the public are urged not to defy the law.