Six suspected triad members arrested for tailing Eddie Chu not linked to Wang Chau housing fracas, police say
The men were ‘purely following’ Chu and no proof has been found of a connection to rural leaders
Initial police investigation showed the six alleged triad members who were arrested for tailing newly elected lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, had no connection with the controversial Wang Chau development or with any rural strongmen, as the force continues to establish the motive and trace the mastermind behind the tailing.
More details were revealed yesterday – a day after the men with alleged triad links were picked up in a series of raids.
Li Kwai-wah, acting senior superintendent of Crime New Territories North, said four of them were arrested for allegedly tailing veteran social activist Chu and his team in cars on September 4 this year, the day of the Legislative Council elections, while the other two members had supervised the tailing.
Li also stressed that house searches by police found nothing that could prove the actions of the suspects had anything to do with the death threats Chu had received. The threats have been linked to his land reform campaigns.
“They were purely following Chu,” Li said.
“As of now, there has been no evidence found linking them to the Wang Chau development. As to whether the men are linked to any rural leaders or people with vested interests in the project, we have no such information that proves so in this [early] stage of investigation,” Li added.
He also dismissed media reports suggesting a construction material merchant, who was also a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was involved in the case.
Li said the force was still looking into the motive and seeking the mastermind behind the tailing of Chu. The men have been released on bail.
“Our investigation would not alter regardless of the background of the men or organisations involved. We will arrest them if they broke any rules,” he said.
The six local men, aged 19 to 53, were arrested for alleged criminal intimidation in a series of raids in Pat Heung, Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. All were suspected to be members of the Wo Shing Wo and Sun Yee On triads.
One of them, aged 53 and surnamed Chan, was said to be a Wo Shing Wo faction leader.
During the operation, officers impounded two cars – a Lexus and a Honda – which were suspected to have been used to tail Chu.
Li also said the force had been providing round-the-clock protection to Chu and keeping close contact with him daily to review the latest situation.
Chu, dubbed the “king of votes” after securing more than 84,000 votes in the elections, had earlier said he faced escalated death threats that put his family at risk as he pledged to expose the alleged collusion between the government, rural leaders and triads over the Wang Chau public housing project in Yuen Long.