Date
17 January 2017
Ken Tsang (inset) wants the names of the police officers who beat him up in an assault broadcast on TV. Photos: TVB, HKEJ
Ken Tsang (inset) wants the names of the police officers who beat him up in an assault broadcast on TV. Photos: TVB, HKEJ

Judicial review allowed in alleged police assault on protester

Civic Party member Ken Tsang Kin-chiu has been granted a judicial review of the refusal of police to name the seven officers who he says beat him up in Tamar Park during an Occupy protest in October. 

Video of the assault, which lasted several minutes, was broadcast by TVB at the time.

Tsang wants the names of the officers so that he can file private prosecutions and civil claims against them. 

In the High Court Monday, Justice Au Hing-cheung accepted Tsang’s application for a judicial review, saying he had reasonably arguable points, RTHK reported.

The judicial review will discuss whether the police are legally required to provide the information to Tsang. 

Tsang’s lawyer said that although the attack happened many months ago, police still will not provide Tsang with the names of the seven police officers, depriving him of his right to fight for justice. 

Police said the case is not suitable for judicial review as it involves argument about facts and that Tsang should file a civil claim against the force.

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung had said the Justice Department will seek an opinion from independent senior barristers, Tsang said outside court, but there has been no progress over the last two months.

Civic Party member Tanya Chan Suk-chong said she hopes the judicial review will proceed as soon as possible.

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