Three Men Charged under the National Security Act in London Court

Three Men Charged under the National Security Act in London Court
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London (Parliament News) – Three men faced court charges under the National Security Act for allegedly aiding Hong Kong’s intelligence service, involving illegal information gathering and entering a UK residential address. They were granted bail.

Three men appeared in court in London on Monday apprehended under the National Security Act for allegedly aiding the Hong Kong intelligence service and employing foreign interference.

What Charges Do Three Men Face under the National Security Act?

Matthew Trickett, 37, Chi Leung (Peter) Wai, 38, and Chung Biu Yuen, 63, have been levied with engaging in illegal information gathering, surveillance and actions of deception between 20 December 2023 and 2 May 2024, defiant to section 3 (1) and (9) of the National Security Act 2023.

It is also alleged that on 1 May 2024, they pushed entry into a UK residential address, being reckless as to whether the restricted conduct or course of conduct of which it constitutes a part, would have an interference consequence, contrary to section 13 (2) and (7) of the act.

The three spoke only to verify their names, ages and addresses at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday. Trickett gave his speech as being in Maidenhead, Berkshire; Wai, in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey; and Yuen, Hackney in east London.

The Metropolitan police expressed that the foreign intelligence service involved “is that of Hong Kong”. It follows an inquiry led by officers from the Met’s counter-terrorism command with backing from colleagues from the north-east and south-east counter-terrorism policing units.

Are Three Men Granted Bail After Court Hearing?

After a short hearing on Monday lunchtime, the three men were granted bail by the district judge, Louisa Cieciora. They are directed to report weekly to a local police station, are subject to a 10 pm to 5 am curfew, are prohibited from travelling abroad, and must notify the police within 24 hours if they obtain an internet-enabled device. They are next due to occur at the Old Bailey on 24 May.

The three were originally imprisoned as part of a larger operation, during which 11 people were apprehended at the beginning of the month. Eight men and a woman were apprehended by officers on 1 May in the Yorkshire area, before one man was captured in London and another in the Yorkshire area the following day, the Met said. The seven men and one woman who were not indicted were released from custody on or before 10 May.

How Did Police Respond to the Alleged Espionage Investigation?

Commander Dominic Murphy, the head of the Met’s counter-terrorism command, stated: “While these offences are concerning, I want to reassure the public that we do not believe there to be any wider threat to them. This investigation remains ongoing, but now that charges have been brought, I urge people not to speculate or comment further in relation to this case.” The National Security Act came into force on 20 December last year and revised and modified Britain’s espionage ruling, including the Official Secrets Acts dating to 1911.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.