Lawyer Chan Wing-leung, who has set up a legal team to assist the seven police officers suspended for allegedly beating up a pro-democracy protester in Admiralty last month, was said to have been involved in a similar case when he was a police officer in the 1980s, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Chan, along with 12 colleagues in the force, was accused of using torture to extract a confession from a drug trafficking suspect in September 1986.
Chan said the case was history and all the charges were dropped after a trial in 1988.
A police inspector at the time, Chan was alleged to have allowed his subordinates to beat up the suspect in a park in Kowloon City before taking him to the Wong Tai Sin police station two hours later.
The 13 police officers were charged with assault, causing bodily harm to others, unlawful detention and perverting the course of justice, but were found not guilty after a 70-day trial.
According to sources within the police force, the 13 officers were asked to resign by the deputy commissioner of police. Chan insisted that he had resigned on his own accord.
In the current case, Chan has referred to the seven suspended officers as “heroes”, borrowing from the famous Qing Dynasty martial arts novel The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants, in which the characters helped a judge at the imperial court to weed out crime.
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