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Legislative Council elections 2016

More menace in the mail: Hong Kong officials who ended localists’ Legco runs get ‘hell money’ letters

Envelopes contained their pictures, a note with the word ‘dead’ and joss paper

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 August, 2016, 11:03am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 August, 2016, 11:03am

Two returning officers who disqualified localist hopefuls for next month’s Legislative Council elections received threatening letters on Wednesday, the third and fourth such instances in two weeks.

The letters to Cora Ho Lai-sheung and Alan Lo Ying-ki, the returning officers for the New Territories East and New Territories West constituencies respectively, were sent to their offices in Sheung Wo Che Road in Sha Tin and Hing Fong Road in Kwai Chung on Wednesday.

The mailings contained their pictures, a note with the word “dead” written in Chinese, and some hell money. Hell money is a form of joss paper is usually burned as an offering to someone who has died.

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Both officers alerted police on Wednesday.

Police in the New Territories South crime unit are investigating all four cases. No arrests have been made so far.

It was the third time that Ho had received an intimidating letter after she invalidated the candidacies of localist hopefuls for the Legislative Council elections to be held September 4, including that of Hong Kong Indigenous member Edward Leung Tin-kei.

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She rejected Leung’s candidacy even after he agreed to stop advocating independence for the city and signed an additional declaration reiterating his acceptance of Hong Kong’s status as an inalienable part of China.

Leung was one of six localist aspirants to be disqualified recently, including Sha Tin district councillor James Chan Kwok-keung, whom Ho also dismissed.

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Ho received similar letters containing threatening messages on August 5 and 9.

Lo also banned several localists, including the Hong Kong National Party’s Chan Ho-tin and Nakade Hitsujiko of Nationalist Hong Kong.

The letters came after a tirade of online abuse was levelled via social media against Ho and Lo.