Date
25 July 2017
The accused woman, surnamed Chan (left), was granted bail, but the five men charged remain in custody. Photos: Metro Daily
The accused woman, surnamed Chan (left), was granted bail, but the five men charged remain in custody. Photos: Metro Daily

5 charged in bomb plot denied bail, say police threatened them

Five men accused of taking part in a bomb-making plot were denied bail by a magistrate, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Police seized explosives and arrested 10 people in a raid Sunday night on an abandoned ATV film studio in Sai Kung.

The five men were charged with conspiracy to make or keep explosives with intent to endanger life or property.

In denying bail, the magistrate cited the severity of the alleged crime and the risk the men would flee. No plea was taken.

A woman surnamed Chan, 29, was also charged but claimed she had only purchased goods for the group.

The magistrate decided to release her on HK$20,000 (US$2,580) bail, as a preliminary investigation suggested she had no direct role in the production of explosives.

The court heard that Chan had admitted belonging to the National Independent Party with her five co-accused.

Later, outside court, Chan said she is no longer a member of the party.

Meanwhile, the five men complained to the magistrate they were beaten by the police multiple times after being arrested.

They also claimed that the police tried to force them to confess by threatening to arrest their families.

The case has been adjourned until July 22 pending further investigation.

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