“The cases have been classified as arson. We are still verifying the details,” the spokeswoman of the Hong Kong police told AFP.
No injuries were reported as a result, and the buildings that were attacked suffered no significant damage, Hong Kong daily The Standard reported. The cars used by the attackers were later found torched, according to the AFP.
According to the Guardian, the tycoon was targeted during Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests, as a group of men threw rotten meat at him. The printing presses of his newspaper Apple Daily were also attacked during the protests.
Lai’s role in the protests sparked controversy after leaked emails showed that he donated millions to the Occupy Central movement and opposition lawmakers, according to Forbes. He was arrested during the clearing of the protest camp and is expected to be arrested on January 21 and charged with instigating, organizing and participating in an unlawful assembly together with two other co-founders of the movement, according to SCMP.