Three men charged with aiding Hong Kong intelligence service, says Met

Three men have been charged under the National Security Act with allegedly assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service and foreign interference, the Metropolitan police said.

Chi Leung (Peter) Wai, 38, of Staines-upon-Thames, Matthew Trickett, 37, of Maidenhead, and Chung Biu Yuen, 63, of Hackney, east London have each been charged with assisting a foreign intelligence service, contrary to section 3(1) and (9) of the National Security Act 2023.

They have also each been charged with foreign interference, contrary to section 13(2) and (7) of the National Security Act 2023.

The Met said the foreign intelligence service “is that of Hong Kong”.

It follows an investigation led by officers from the Met’s counter-terrorism command with support from colleagues from the north-east and south-east counter-terrorism policing units.

Eight men and a woman were arrested by officers on 1 May in the Yorkshire area, before a man was arrested in London and another man was arrested in the Yorkshire area the following day, the force said.

All three men will appear in custody at Westminster magistrates court on Monday.

The seven men and one woman who were not charged were released from custody on or before 10 May.

Cmdr Dominic Murphy, head of the Met’s counter-terrorism command, said: “While these offences are concerning, I want to reassure the public that we do not believe there to be any wider threat to them. This investigation remains ongoing, but now that charges have been brought, I urge people not to speculate or comment further in relation to this case.”

The Guardian

Leave a Reply