By ZEN SOO – Associated Press
HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong police formally charged two people at pro-democracy online media with sedition on Thursday, a day after the outlet announced it would cease operations following a raid police in his office and seven arrests.
National Security Police said they charged two men, aged 34 and 52, with one count each of conspiring to publish a seditious publication, but did not identify them.
According to local media, they are Chung Pui-kuen and Patrick Lam, editors of Stand News, a pro-democracy online media outlet.
Police also said they would sue the company for sedition.
Chung and Lam were taken to West Kowloon court on Thursday, police said in a statement.
The rest of those arrested were held for further questioning. Besides Chung and Lam, four other former Stand News board members, including singer Denise Ho and former lawmaker Margaret Ng, were arrested on Wednesday.
Chan Pui-man, former editor of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper and wife of Chung, was also arrested.
The seven were arrested under a crime ordinance that dates from Hong Kong’s time as a British colony before 1997 when it was returned to China. Those found guilty could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 5,000 Hong Kong dollars ($ 640).