Hong Kong’s Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui was arrested, on Monday, over the chaotic Legislative Council meeting in May for which seven opposition leaders and activists have already been detained.
The Democratic Party said that Ted Hui was held when he reported to the city’s Western Police Station that morning for a completely separate matter.
The opposition party’s lawmaker has been charged with two offences under the Legco (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance – contempt and interference with the legislature’s officers.
The other detained leaders include — Wu Chi-wai, Helena Wong Pik-wan, Andrew Wan Siu-kin, Labour Party chairman Kwok Wing-kin, lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, and former lawmakers Eddie Chu Hoi-dick and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen.
The pro-democracy camp has condemned the arrest of lawmakers during the controversial House Committee session in May, saying they amount to political oppression.
Hong Kong police on November 1 defended its decision to arrest the opposition lawmakers who are also members of the pro-democracy movement.
According to reports, Superintendent Chan Wing-yu of the Hong Kong Island regional crime squad claimed that the arrests were made on the basis of evidence, adding that it’s not about their “social status or political background”.