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Hong Kong Ex-BarAssociation Chair Flees After Police Probe, Media Says

  • Lawyer boards flight after talking to national security police
  • State media called British citizen Paul Harris ‘anti-China’
Paul Harris
Paul HarrisPhotographer: David Wong/South China Morning Post/Getty Images

Hong Kong Bar Association’s former chairman fled the city hours after being questioned by police under a national security law that carries sentences as long as life in prison, according to local media.  

Paul Harris boarded a flight to the U.K. via Turkey on Tuesday, according to Wen Wei Po which is owned by Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong and published video of the British citizen at the airport ignoring reporters’ questions. Police had probed Harris on Tuesday in relation to Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, the non-governmental organization he founded in 1995 before the city’s handover, HK01 earlier reported, citing unidentified people.