Thai police arrest HK photographer for flak vest


BANGKOK: A Hong Kong photographer Monday said he had been detained in Thailand for carrying a ballistic vest and helmet while covering the aftermath of last week’s deadly shrine bombing. Police held Anthony Kwan Hok-chun, who works for the Hong Kong-based Initium media group, after he tried to depart Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday afternoon. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand criticized Kwan’s arrest, adding they had been told the photographer would be tried in a military court. “He is being charged with possessing an illegal weapon, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years, and which will be tried in a military court,” the FCCT said in a statement. “Body armor and helmets used by journalists are not offensive weapons and should not be treated as such,” the group added.



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