National security police probing protester relief fund claim ‘misconduct’ by lawyers; ex-lawmaker arrested in jail

National security police in Hong Kong who have arrested five former trustees of a now-defunct relief fund for detained protesters say they uncovered “misconduct” by some solicitors and barristers during the course of their probe.

Among those arrested was a 90-year-old Catholic Cardinal and a former legislator already serving a separate prison sentence. The police action has attracted widespread overseas criticism, which Beijing has rejected.

Cardinal Zen, Margaret Ng, Hui Po-keung and Denise Ho. Photos: HKFP.

In a statement on Thursday, police said they discovered the misconduct during their investigation into the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund. The statement stopped short of describing the type of misconduct.

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