Hong Kong prosecutors are still waiting for word from a British Queen’s Counsel before it can decide whether to press charges in an assault complaint against a group of policemen.
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said the decision “should not take too long” but the counsel has been busy, according to Apple Daily.
The complaint has languished for more than 300 days since it was filed by activist Ken Tsang who claims he was beaten by seven police officers during last year’s democracy protests.
Yuen said the Department of Justice will decide whether to press charges when it receives the opinion of the counsel.
Meanwhile, Yuen said the decision to prosecute student protest leaders was made after the government reviewed evidence against them in the course of the 79-day street occupation.
Yuen dismissed reports their high-profile arrests were related to the upcoming district elections.
He said the public would have complained if no arrests had been made.
Also, Yuen defended the department’s decision to challenge a sentence on four protesters for storming the Legislative Council building last year.
He said their actions involved violence, so a harsher punishment than community service is appropriate.
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