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Exclusive: Hong Kong security chief threatens tycoon Lai’s bankers with jail if they deal in his accounts

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By Greg Torode, James Pomfret and Sumeet Chatterjee HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s security chief sent letters to media tycoon Jimmy Lai and branches of HSBC and Citibank this month threatening up to seven years’ jail for any dealings with the billionaire’s accounts in the city, according to documents seen by Reuters. The letters, signed by Secretary for Security John Lee, were sent to Lai after the Hong Kong authorities announced the freezing of his majority stake in publisher Next Digital and local accounts of three companies owned by him under a sweeping new national security law. One of…

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