This article originally appeared in the Telegraph. Below is an excerpt from the article.
By Nathan Law, July 7, 2023
Imagine having a larger bounty on your head than a murderer. An odd thought, right? But two days ago, this strange reality became mine when the National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force declared a HK$1 million reward for my capture, and that of several others; two to three times the reward for those wanted for homicide.
The press conference where this unprecedented step was announced was held on the third anniversary of the enactment of the National Security Law. It served as an intimidation tactic. The message was unmistakable: anyone, anywhere, critical of the Chinese regime could fall within the law’s purview.
During the press conference, Superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah outlined my alleged offences: incitement to secession and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security. The maximum penalty is a life sentence for each crime. He further detailed these “severe threats to national security”, which include advocating sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials at foreign hearings and official events.