Two connected to the death of HK police officer arrested in mainland
Published: Oct 11, 2021 06:14 PM
Photo taken with mobile phone on March 26, 2020 shows a vessel of the coast guard intercepting a vessel suspected of smuggling at sea.File photo:Xinhua

File photo:Xinhua

Two suspects were arrested in a case related to the death of a police officer who died during an anti-smuggling operation, as part of a joint effort by the police force of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and neighboring Guangdong Province to contain rampant cross-border smuggling. 

The two suspects - a 31-year-old man and another, 35 years old, from Guangzhou - were arrested in Guangdong Province's Yangjiang and Guangzhou between October 1 and 2. The speedboat that rammed Hong Kong police's patrolling boat was seized, the Guangdong provincial public security department said at a press conference on Monday. 

The Hong Kong Police Force expressed gratitude to the Guangdong police and marine police for their support after the arrests were made. 

It is undecided whether the two will be handed over to the Hong Kong police. The law enforcement departments will continue to work together to crack down on smugglers. More arrests are likely to be made, the Hong Kong police said. 

Reports said a senior inspector Lam Yuen-yee, 37, died after a vessel she and her three colleagues were in capsized after getting hit by a smuggler's speedboat during one of their anti-smuggling operations on September 25. Her body was found two days later off Lantau Island.

In the wake of the death of the Hong Kong police officer, the Guangdong provincial law enforcement departments rolled out a seven-day campaign to crack down on cross-border speedboat smuggling activities from October 1 to 7. 

The deputy head of the Guangdong provincial public security department said at the press conference that they have cracked down on 55 smuggling cases, arresting 353 suspects, seized 860 boats, 49 boat plants and uncovered 62 illegal trading spots. 

Collaboration between the mainland police and Hong Kong police has been close over the years ranging from cracking down on drug smuggling, telecommunication frauds and gambling. 

In April, the two police forces worked together to detain 11 people related to a drug smuggling case in Hong Kong and the city of Qingyuan in Guangdong.

Global Times 

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