Seven police officers who figured in the mauling of a pro-democracy protester in Admiralty on Wednesday have been suspended, and a special team has been formed to look into the criminal liability of the suspects, RTHK reported.
“It has taken more than 24 hours to suspend the officers as the identities of those involved could not be confirmed earlier,” Senior Superintendent Kong Man-keung of the police public relations bureau said in a press conference on Thursday.
He said an investigation had begun to determine whether there was a criminal element in the alleged beating of Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, a Civic Party member.
Police have formed a special investigation team to look into the matter and ensure “fair and impartial” investigation, Kong said.
The seven police officers involved in the case include two inspectors and five junior officers, he said. They are from the Kwun Tong and Kowloon City police districts as well as the Kowloon region crime department.
Prior to the police press conference, Tsang lodged a suit with the High Court for “inhuman treatment” by the police in connection with early Wednesday incident. He said the assault was a violation of the human rights law.
Tsang said he was taken by the police officers at 3:25-3:30 a.m. Wednesday, but was sent to Central police headquarters only at 4am.
He urged the court to order the suspension of the seven officers involved as well as the disclosure of their identities. The High Court has ordered immediate action on the case, the report said.
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