Hong Kong Law & Crime

Death threats against lawmaker-elect Eddie Chu not linked to Wang Chau housing debacle, police say

There is currently no evidence showing that the six men arrested earlier this week are connected to the Wang Chau development dispute, senior superintendent of Police Steve Li Kwai-wah told a press conference on Thursday.

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One of the six men arrested earlier this week. File photo: RTHK screenshot.

“Chu’s report had multiple aspects, and was related to a series of cases,” Li said. He said the men arrested were in fact related to a case where incoming lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick had been followed on the day of the LegCo election on September 4. “Investigations are still ongoing into whether these men are related to the rural gentry,” Li told reporters.

Li said that he had contacted Chu every other day to check up on him. He said Chu was satisfied with the current security arrangement, saying that he felt safe under the police’s protection. Li also said the police will continue to investigate the case, and hoped that citizens would provide any information that might help the investigation.

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Eddie Chu filed a threat report with the police on September 8. File photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP.

Six men aged between 18 and 53 were arrested earlier this week in relation to threats made against Chu. The police have confirmed that all of them have triad backgrounds. One, the 53-year-old, was a former leader of triad group Wo Shing Wo, while the other five men were from Wo Shing Wo or another triad group, Sun Yee On, Ming Pao reported.

Four of the men were responsible for following Chu in a car, while the other two directed them.

The six men were released on bail. They are due to report to police in late October.

Death threats against lawmaker-elect Eddie Chu not linked to Wang Chau housing debacle, police say