JAKARTADAILY.ID - On Thursday, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist's bail was terminated after he was re-arrested on allegations of uttering remarks harming national security, Reuters reported Tuesday (January 13, 2022).
Owen Chow, 24, was arrested late on Wednesday during a routine visit to a police precinct and taken to the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on Thursday when Magistrate Peter Law revoked bail.
"The National Security Division of the Police Force arrested the man ... on suspicion of breaching the court's bail conditions," the police stated in an on Thursday.
"He was suspected of making remarks and actions that could reasonably be regarded as endangering national security during the bail period," the email continued.
Chow was one of 47 campaigners accused of plotting to destabilize the government by organizing a primary election for the opposition party in 2020 to choose candidates for legislative elections. They were all apprehended in a high-profile sweep by security personnel in March last year.
Most were jailed awaiting the restart of their cases in March of this year, but 15 were granted bail, including Chow, who was released in June. His bail conditions included not violating security laws, reporting to police on a daily basis, and relinquishing all travel papers.
Chow played an active role in an unauthorized, non-binding, and independently planned primary election. Authorities described it as a "vicious plot" that presented a threat to national security and violated Beijing's national security statute, which went into effect in June 2020.
The election for Legislative Council seats, which was scheduled for 2020, has been delayed owing to the coronavirus, according to officials. It was finally held in December 2021, with Beijing imposing new regulations that allowed only faithful "patriots" to run.