2nd August 2020 – (Hong Kong) Police officially issued arrest warrants for six Hong Kong citizens overseas, including former Hong Kong Standing Committee Member Nathan Law, Ray Wong Toi-yeung former convener of Hong Kong Indigenous, Wayne Chan Ka-kui, convener of the “Hong Kong Independence Union”, Simon Cheng, former staff member of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, Honcques Laus, former member of Studentlocalism and Samuel Chu, younger son of the Rev. Chu Yiu Ming, a veteran and leading pro-democracy. It is reported that the six people are wanted for violating the national security laws of Hong Kong They are respectively suspected of inciting secession and colluding with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security. The police may consider freezing their and related organisations’ accounts in Hong Kong. According to the provisions of the law, anyone who organizes, plans, implements, or participates in the secession of the country or undermines national unity, requests foreign or overseas institutions, organizations, or personnel to impose sanctions or take other hostile actions against the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the People’s Republic of China. Both are violations of the National Security Law and can be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The police will consider freezing their assets in Hong Kong or requesting foreign extradition to return to Hong Kong. It does not rule out that more overseas Hong Kong citizens are wanted. Although the government is considering freezing the assets of the six wanted pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, the effect is questionable.
18-year-old Honcques Laus said that he is still a student and does not have a job. “There is no money in the bank.” Samuel Chu has moved to the United States for 25 years and he may not have any assets in Hong Kong. Simon Cheng, a former staff member of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, pointed out that he was just a normal citizen and had no assets that could be frozen by the Hong Kong government.
As U.K. and Germany have already terminated their extradition agreements with Hong Kong, it would be impossible to extradite the political fugitives back to Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Nathan Law shared an 18-minute live video on his Facebook at 9.30pm (Hong Kong time) on Saturday to respond to his arrest warrant. He said that it was not difficult to leave Hong Kong but he left the city with a heavy heart as he did not bid farewell to everyone he cares for.
He thanked everyone for their concern and he expressed that it was not easy to live alone in London. His friends in the political circle asked him to take care of his health. He said he as not received any official arrest warrant in document from and he described the entire ordeal as surreal.