Hong Kong : Hong Kong anti-corruption police today searched the home of a pro-democracy media magnate who is an outspoken critic of Beijing.

Wielding search warrants, officers from the Independent Commission Against Corruption paid a morning visit to the homes of Jimmy Lai and Lai’s top aide Mark Simon, Simon said.

The timing raised eyebrows because it comes days before a key decision by Beijing on direct elections for the leader of Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. It also comes a month after a trove of documents was leaked to competing news outlets detailing donations by Lai to local pro-democracy political parties and groups.

Lai told reporters camped outside his home in an upscale neighborhood that “ICAC was here. They’ve all gone now and there is no further comment.”

Lai’s Next Media owns popular newspaper Apple Daily, which is frequently critical of Beijing. Simon said ICAC officers spent three hours going through the computers in his home, but they “took away nothing, they downloaded nothing.” He did not know if anything was taken from Lai’s home.

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