Hong Kong media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai has been arrested under the new so-called security law. This was announced by one of his closest employees, Mark Simon, on Twitter. This has been confirmed by police circles. Lai is a leading figure in the Hong Kong democracy movement.

Lai are accused of collusion with "foreign powers," wrote Simon. This is a criminal offense under the so-called security law that the Beijing leadership put into effect in late June. Lai was also made on charges of fraud, according to a police source.

Lai, founder of Apple Daily , said in June that he was "prepared for prison" before the so-called security law came into force. He also said he did not regret his support for the protests. He called the so-called security law a "death knell for Hong Kong". Chinese state media have described Lai as the traitor and the puller behind the month-long protests by the Hong Kong democracy movement last year.

The so-called Security Act massively restricts civil rights in Hong Kong and represents the heaviest Chinese encroachment on the autonomy rights of the former British Crown Colony to date. The law allows the authorities to crack down on all activities that they believe threaten national security. Violations can be punished with life imprisonment.

When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997, it had been granted special rights for 50 years, including freedom of expression and assembly, on the principle of "one country, two systems".