A former triad leader in Hong Kong and three other men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal intimidation after paying their last respects at the funeral of a high-profile gangster.
The man in his 40s, nicknamed “Chi Tang”, had stepped down as the leader of the Wo Shing Wo triad several years ago. Police detained him and three others when they left a funeral parlour in Hung Hom soon after 6.30pm on Sunday.
The four men had attended the night vigil for a late gangster, known as “Chung Wah”, the faction leader of the same society.
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Anti-triad police arrested the quartet, aged from 24 to 47, on suspicion of conspiracy to intimidate a Correctional Services Department officer.
In the incident, which happened on Thursday last week, “hell notes” and a paper doll – items associated with death – were placed at the entrance of Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. A note with the name of the prison officer accused of collecting money to assault detainees was stuck on the paper doll.
The latest arrests brought the total number of people detained in connection with the case to nine, according to police.
Between Friday and Sunday, four other men who were held on remand in the detention centre, and a woman accused of helping them, were arrested in connection with the case.
The reception centre in Cheung Sha Wan houses male inmates awaiting trial and men detained under the Immigration Ordinance.
According to a police insider, officers were still searching for a masked man who took a taxi to the centre, left the paper doll and scattered “hell notes” there.
Assistant district commander Lui Che-ho, from Sham Shui Po, said on Sunday the four men in detention had a dispute with the department in late September. Two of them were later put in isolation.
Lui said he suspected the men were upset about the situation and conspired to commit intimidation.
Surveillance footage showed the masked man had taken a taxi to the detention centre and was carrying a black plastic bag that contained the paper doll, acting chief inspector Cheung Hiu-lam said.
The man later left in a taxi and Cheung urged drivers who might have been in the area at the time to contact authorities if they had any information.