Date
19 October 2017
Pro-Beijing legislators Paul Tse and Priscilla Leung are expected to be appointed vice presidents of the Independent Police Complaints Council. Photo: HKEJ
Pro-Beijing legislators Paul Tse and Priscilla Leung are expected to be appointed vice presidents of the Independent Police Complaints Council. Photo: HKEJ

Pan-democrats worry over pro-Beijing appointments at IPCC

Pro-Beijing legislators Priscilla Leung Mei-fun and Paul Tse Wai-chun are expected to be appointed vice presidents of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), fueling worries in the pan-democratic camp that they will no longer have a voice in the council, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

At least three vice presidents are set to leave after a six-year stint at the council: lawmakers Lam Tai-fai, Abraham Razack and Chan Kin-por.  Committee members Christine Fang Meng-sang and Eric Cheung Tat-ming, known supporters of pan-democrats, will have to step down as well.

Two other committee members, pan-democrats Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong and Helena Wong Pik-wan, may not be able to renew their contracts next year, the report said.

The Central Policy Unit is arranging for Leung and Tse to be appointed to the IPCC, but former chairman Jat Sew-tong objected as their political stance is too obvious, the newspaper said, citing unidentified sources close to the council. Some critics said Leung, being a legal scholar, can replace Cheung as a committee member.

Leung refused to comment, saying she has not been informed of the appointment, while Tse could not be reached, the report said.

Larry Kwok Lam-kwong, a supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chin-ying, was named IPCC chairman last month.

Democratic Party stalwart James To earlier voiced doubts over Kwok’s impartiality, saying he served as a delegate of Guangxi province to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Metro Radio reported. To also said Kwok didn’t have enough knowledge of the workings at the police watchdog.

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