A defeated localist candidate in the district council election was arrested on Wednesday over alleged money laundering amounting to HK$2.17 million.

Nakade Hitsujiko, an IT specialist who changed his name from Chung Ming-lun before the election, was arrested at his home at Kwong Lam Court in Shatin by officers from the Tai Po district investigation team, at around 6:12am Wednesday.

Nakade Hitsujiko in a police car. Photo: Now TV.

The police told Stand News that they received a call from an employee of a mainland company on January 16, claiming that it had received a suspected bogus email asking the firm to transfer money to two bank accounts in Hong Kong.

The company transferred HK$2.17 million, and reported it to the police.

Nakade Hitsujiko in a police car.

Nakade was arrested after a police investigation showed that he owned one of the accounts. He was held overnight and a computer was seized.

On November 4, the police arrested another man in Sheung Shui for alleged money laundering – a 47-year-old man surnamed Lam. Police said he had opened one of the two accounts. He was released on bail and has to report back to police in early December.

Nakede Hitsujiko’s rejected platform. Photo: VJ Media.

Nation building advocate
Nakade lost in the Cherry constituency in Yau Tsim Mong district on Sunday, he secured 172 votes. Independent candidate Chung Chak-fai won by 1,611 votes, and the other candidate Lam Ho-yeung of the Democratic Party got 858 votes.

He is a follower of Wan Chin, an assistant professor at the Department of Chinese of Lingnan University. Chin authored the book “Hong Kong as a City-State.”

During the election, Nakade included phrases in his platform such as “Nation Building for Hong Kong City-State”, “Neighbouring economic heavyweight” and “Promote Hong Kong’s sovereignty to foreigners”.

The Registration and Electoral Office (REO) rejected his election mailings, saying the phrases were against the Basic Law – he was required to remove them. Nakade submitted a censored version to the REO, but he said the mailings were never delivered.

A page of Nakade’s platform. Photo: VJ Media.

In November last year, during the pro-democracy Occupy protests, Nakade was arrested at a residential unit in Tai Kok Tsui for possessing weapons, where three modified air guns, dozens of wooden shields and production materials were seized.

In 2012, Nakade was also arrested for allegedly hacking a government website for ten seconds. He was then released.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.