Exactly a year after the brutal assault on pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang, police pressed charges against seven of their officers over the Occupy-related incident.
The accused have been charged with “causing grievous bodily harm with intent”, with one officer also facing an additional charge of common assault, RTHK reported.
Authorities, meanwhile, confirmed the names of the seven officers.
They are Chief Inspector Wong Cho-sing (Organised Crime and Triad Bureau); Senior Inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai; Sergeant Pak Wing-bun; and police constables Lau Hing-pui, Wong Wai-ho, Kwan Ka-ho and Chan Siu-tan.
Lau Cheuk-ngai, Pak Wing-bun, Lau Hing-pui and Wong Wai-ho were all from the police’s Kwun Tong district unit, while Kwan Ka-ho was from the Kowloon City district unit and Chan Siu-tan was from the Kowloon East district crime unit.
All the seven were released on bail and are due to appear at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court next Monday.
On the night of Oct. 15 last year, Civic Party member Ken Tsang was beaten up by a group of police officers in a dark corner near the main Occupy protest site in Admiralty.
As video footage surfaced of the beating of the unarmed democracy activist, there was widespread outrage in Hong Kong and there have been calls for the errant officers to be brought to book.
Authorities placed the officers under suspension as they conducted an investigation, but there haven’t been any formal charges until now.
Tsang, meanwhile, told reporters Thursday that he received a telephone call from the police this morning, informing him that he too will have to face a charge of inflicting harm on police officers.
Tsang then visited the Central police station in the afternoon.
Responding to the accusations against him, Tsang described the charge as ridiculous and untrue, and said he sees it as a sort of vendetta of the establishment.
He pointed out when he was arrested last year, he had been accused of only three things, namely obstructing government officials, participating in illegal assemblies, and failing to produce identification. All of those charges were subsequently dropped by the police.
In the charges last year, there was no mention of inflicting harm on police officers, Tsang noted.
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