Police in Hong Kong have charged two senior bosses of the Apple Daily newspaper with “collusion with a foreign country” after officers entered the publication’s offices on Thursday and arrested five members of staff.

As many as 500 police raided the tabloid, which is aligned with the ‘pro-democracy’ movement, according to Reuters.

Those detained are accused of violating dozens of articles of Hong Kong’s new security law, passed by China last year, which criminalizes a number of actions including collusion.

Police said in a statement on Friday they had charged two men with violating the National Security Act and that the pair will be questioned on Saturday at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts. Apple Daily identified those charged as publisher Cheung Kim-hung and editor-in-chief Ryan Law. (RT)