The son-in-law of the former Minister of Industry has escaped from the defendants in a petrochemical corruption case, domestic Iranian and foreign media reported. The fugitive is Ali Ashraf Riahi, the son-in-law of Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, the Minister of Industry in President Rouhani’s first government.
China revealed its intentions today of establishing a national security bureau in Hong Kong, as outlined in its recently passed, controversial National Security Law for Hong Kong. The security bureau will report directly to the Chinese central government, and will be located in Hong Kong.
A group of 86 international Non-governmental organizations has called upon China to abandon the national security law, as it greatly infringes on Hong Kong’s human rights and freedoms. In a bid to curb dissidents in Hong Kong, Beijing is keen on the imposition of the controversial law.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, implored the Special Administrative Region’s opposition leaders today not to “demonize and stigmatize” the national security law recently passed by Beijing. Lam argues that demonizing the law goes against the interests of the Hongkongers and the territory at large.
China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the controversial national security law in Hong Kong Thursday, despite protests and threats from the US, as well as other western nations and a section of world leaders. The cause of the move by China is most likely informed by the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that were witnessed in Hong Kong last year, and part of earlier this year.
Police in riot gear stormed a protest in Hong Kong on Wednesday. This time, antigovernment activists protested against the intention by the city government to pass a bill that would criminalize insulting the Chinese national anthem. If the law is passed, “disrespect of the Chinese Anthem” would be punishable by up to three years in prison and a $6,450 fine.
Thousands of Hongkongers gathered to protest the new national security law proposed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for the island Sunday. The local government, which had expressed support for the bill the previous day, strengthened the presence of law enforcement officers in key areas of the city.
In a new step of escalation against the anti-government movement in Hong Kong, the Chinese government submitted to its National People’s Congress a law on “national security” to govern the semi-autonomous city. Last year, Hong Kong witnessed massive protests against the local government and Beijing.