HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s aide.
Lai’s aide Mark Simon wrote in a post on Twitter that 14 police officers visited Lai’s office and confiscated documents.
Lai, 71, is an outspoken pro-democracy figure who regularly criticizes China’s authoritarian rule and Hong Kong’s government. He is also the founder of media company Next Digital, which operates pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily.
It is not clear what the police were looking for or why they conducted the raid. Hong Kong police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“I spoke with police they said they would remain until our lawyer arrived,” Simon wrote. “They did not, they took documents and departed before our lawyer arrived.”
The raid comes ahead of Lai’s scheduled court appearance Thursday on charges of joining an unauthorized assembly on June 4. Lai and several other pro-democracy activists,