Hong Kong police arrest 19-year-old student over Government House arson attack

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Police arrested a 19-year-old student on Monday over an arson attack last week near Government House, the official residence of Hong Kong’s chief executive.

The woman, the second suspect to be detained in three days, was picked up in Sha Tin by officers from the organised crime and triad bureau at about 6am.

“The woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiring in the arson attack. She was being held for questioning,” police said in a statement.

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A police source said the woman was accused of scouting the targeted site with her boyfriend, who had already been arrested over the attack.

The 24-year-old male suspect, Wong Chun-yin, was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of arson in connection with the attack.

Wong was denied bail when his case was first heard at Eastern Court on Monday. His next hearing is scheduled for September 27.

Prosecutors revealed they were considering applying for the case to be heard at the High Court, where the defendant faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Gas canisters and bottles containing petrol landed on the grassy area leading to the residence on Lower Albert Road in Central at about 1.30am on Thursday, police said. No one was injured and investigations are continuing.

At the crime scene, police seized six fuel canisters for a portable stove and three bottles containing petrol just hours before planned celebrations around the double anniversary of Hong Kong’s 1997 handover from British to Chinese rule and the Communist Party’s 1921 founding.

More than 10,000 police were deployed across the city in anticipation of potential protests.

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