Police yesterday arrested two more suspects in connection with the knife attack on former Ming Pao news editor Kevin Lau Chun-to.
This makes a total of 11 arrests following the two alleged motorcycle hit men who were apprehended on Sunday in Guangdong province and the seven men detained during raids in various parts of the city the same day.
The Police Public Relations Bureau didn’t disclose where the two latest suspects were arrested or how closely they were connected to the stabbings, but said that investigations by the Regional Crime Unit of Hong Kong Island are underway, according to SCMP.
Two of the nine suspects arrested Sunday are said to be members of local triad gang Shui Fong, also known as Wo On Lok. The suspects said they were paid HK$1million to carry out the attack, according to a source close to Guangdong’s Public Security Bureau.
Lau, the former editor in chief at Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper, was stabbed in the legs and back with a meat cleaver by assailants on February 26 and is still recovering in the hospital.
Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung said that no motives have yet been ruled out in the case, but family members of Lau are urging him to reconsider his statements that “there is nothing to tie the attack directly to Lau’s journalistic work”.
“My family doesn’t have money problems, affairs or personal grudges,” Lau’s wife said in a statement. “We strongly believe the attack was linked to his journalistic work.”
The Hong Kong Journalists Association likewise said that Tsang’s remarks could mislead people into thinking the attack was carried out for personal reasons.
On Tuesday, Lau released a video from his hospital bed calling on the government to restore journalists’ faith in the law so that they could work without fear of being harassed or attacked.
“We urge the government to solve the case as soon as possible, so journalists will have confidence in the rule of law again and do not have to be afraid of the threat of violence anymore,” Lau said.
Prior to the stabbings, Lau had published reports investigating the assets of Chinese and Hong Kong residents, including many of China’s government officials.