Library probes display of Jimmy Lai’s books

Authorities on Thursday said they are investigating why around a dozen books written by Apple Daily founder, Jimmy Lai, went on display at the Shek Tong Tsui Public Library.

The tycoon has been charged with colluding with foreign forces to endanger national security and is currently being remanded ahead of his trial. He is also serving jail time for taking part in a number of unauthorised assemblies.

A photo posted on DAB legislator Horace Cheung’s Facebook page showed 13 books written by the prominent pro-democracy figure sitting on a “Librarian’s Choice” shelve.

It’s unclear when the picture was taken.

In response, a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said authorities will handle the matter seriously and find out whether any staff member was at fault.

“The LCSD is conducting a rigorous and thorough investigation to find out the truth as soon as possible,” he said.

The spokesman stressed libraries must ensure that their collections comply with the national security law.

“The LCSD will seriously handle any collections that are suspected of breaching the law and suspend the services of the relevant books,” he added.