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Police nab two men for harassing judicial staff

Police nab two men for harassing judicial staff

Police have arrested two men for allegedly harassing judicial officers through phone calls and making threatening remarks on them via social media platforms.
The two, 17 and 61, might also breach an injunction order to ban doxxing of judicial staff, meaning they could be charged over civil contempt of court.

Officers said the men had called judicial officers multiple times last December and claimed the victims’ families would be “bombed” on social media platforms.

The suspects were arrested in Tseung Kwan O and Tuen Mun yesterday, and officers seized two mobile phones from them.

Wilson Tam Wai-sun, superintendent of the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, said since there have been several dozens of cases linked to the nuisance and doxing of judicial officers since June in 2019, when the anti-government protest against the now-shelved extradition bill erupted.

In late October last year, the High Court granted an injunction order to protect judicial officers and their families from doxxing and harassment.

Those who violated the order would be considered as civil contempt of court, an offense liable to imprisonment or a fine.

Last December, magistrate Victor So Wai-tak who oversaw national security charges of media mogul Jimmy Lai Chi-ying received intimidation calls threatening to kill his wife and children with a bomb. But no arrests have been made.

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