Date
25 May 2017
Lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung (inset, left) and Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok (right) disagree on police testimony in cases involving protesters. Photos: HKEJ, CNSA
Lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung (inset, left) and Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok (right) disagree on police testimony in cases involving protesters. Photos: HKEJ, CNSA

Lawmaker says police twisted facts to prosecute protesters

Many democracy protesters were unnecessarily arrested and prosecuted because the police twisted the facts, a lawmaker says.

Leung Yiu-chung said at least 20 out of more than 1,000 people arrested in connection with last year’s street protests were subsequently cleared by the courts.

In some cases, the judge ruled that police testimony was inconsistent and inadmissible, Leung was quoted as saying by Apple Daily.

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said it’s possible the officers did not remember the exact details given the long hours of duty.

But it cannot be said that they purposely gave false testimony, he said.

Lai said police officers are bound by law to tell nothing but the truth just like any other witness.

If a case is dismissed, it does not mean the police made a wrongful arrest, he said.   

A total of 177 arrested protesters completed the judicial process, of whom 114 had been convicted or bound over as of end-November.

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