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Crime in Hong Kong

Man who escaped Hong Kong police through hospital toilet ceiling is second-biggest shareholder in China Environmental Technology Holdings, sources say

  • Leon Li was recaptured on Saturday, after 36 hours on the run
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2018, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2018, 7:37pm

The man who was arrested 36 hours after escaping Hong Kong police through the ceiling of a hospital toilet is the second-biggest shareholder in China Environmental Technology Holdings, according to sources.

Leon Li, 34, who remains in custody after he was recaptured at 8pm on Saturday, owns 19.74 per cent of the Hong Kong-listed company, which according to its website works in environmental protection, providing technology and equipment for waste water treatment.

A source said Li returned to Hong Kong with his Dominican Republic passport for “some important transactions” after being on the run since 2015. Before his recapture at the high-end Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel in Wan Chai on Saturday night, he escaped from a toilet in Queen Mary Hospital, Pok Fu Lam, on Friday, through the ceiling.

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Li, who also holds a Chinese passport, was on the run because, after earlier being arrested and charged with possession of a fake ID card, he skipped bail and fled the city.

On Friday, shares in China Environmental Technology had almost halved, to 5.2 HK cents, from 10.2 HK cents on Thursday.

The Post has contacted the company for comment.