Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai was asked to give a police statement on Thursday over an alleged case of criminal intimidation last year in which Lai shouted at a reporter.

Sources familiar with the matter told HKFP that Lai, a non-executive director of Hong Kong-listed company Next Digital, was asked to attend Wan Chai police station.

Jimmy Lai. Photo: Todd Darling.

The police told HKFP they are treating the case as “request for police investigation,” and said it was being investigated by the Crime Hong Kong Island Regional Headquarters Team 3. No arrest has been made.

The incident occurred on June 4 last year at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay during a prayer session before the annual Tiananmen Massacre candlelit vigil.

At the time, Oriental Daily reported that Lai shouted profanities at its reporter, telling him: “I’ll definitely mess with you.” Apple Daily called the incident a dispute.

Jimmy Lai (left) on June 4, 2017.

The Oriental Daily reporter then filed a police report against Lai alleging intimidation.

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.