Mong Kok riot

Immigration officer arrested after Facebook post offered to donate HK$10,000 for each Hong Kong police officer killed

Officer claims his Facebook account was hacked by outlaws, and police warn netizens the laws applicable in the real world also cover online material

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 February, 2016, 11:51am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 February, 2016, 4:14pm

An immigration officer was arrested on Saturday afternoon over a Facebook post he allegedly wrote, claiming he would donate HK$10,000 to any organisation for each murder of a police officer.

It is understood the 30-year old man, surnamed Chu, is an assistant at the Immigration Department, and has been working there for eight years.

Chu’s arrest came one day after a 38 year-old man was arrested in Wan Chai on Friday, on suspicion of encouraging others to take part in the clashes in Mong Kok on social media.

Chu was arrested around 6pm in Yuen Long on suspicion of ‘misleading officers by false information’ and ‘accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent’, only hours after he called the police claiming his Facebook account had been hacked.

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Initial investigations found the relevant address posted on his Facebook account was made by Chu himself, not hackers.

Source close to the matter said the immigration officer first claimed to his colleagues and police officers that he was a victim of hacking when the Facebook post was found out by web users.

The Immigration Department said it had no comment on the matter, as the case was still under investigation.

The alleged Facebook post accused police of using excessive force during Occupy Central and accused police commander Franklin Chu King-wai of interfering in the decisions of the Independent Police Complaints Council.

Police warned that most clauses of the law used to prevent crimes in the real world also applied to the internet world, and residents should not test the law.