Three charged with aiding Hong Kong intelligence service

The three men were charged under the National Security Act with aiding and abetting Hong Kong’s secret service and foreign interference.

All three will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

The Metropolitan Police said the Hong Kong investigation was not related to a separate case involving Russia.

As part of the investigation, a total of 11 people were arrested under Section 27 of the National Security Act.

The three men charged are: Chi Leung (Peter) Wai, 38, from Staines-upon-Thames; Matthew Trickett, 37, of Maidenhead; and Chung Biu Yuen, 63, from Hackney.

Dominic Murphy, head of the Met’s counter-terrorism command, said: “I want to reassure the public that we do not believe they pose a wider threat. This investigation is ongoing but now a charge has been laid. I would urge people not to speculate about that incident or comment.”

On May 1, counter-terrorism officers arrested eight men and one woman in the Yorkshire region, police said. The following day, one man was arrested in London and another in Yorkshire.

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