Date
21 August 2017
Andrew Wan (inset) has slammed the police for their alleged failure to follow up on threats received by him during the Legco election campaign. Photos: HKEJ, tvb.com
Andrew Wan (inset) has slammed the police for their alleged failure to follow up on threats received by him during the Legco election campaign. Photos: HKEJ, tvb.com

Police didn’t take threat complaints seriously, says Andrew Wan

The Democratic Party’s Andrew Wan Siu-kin, who won a seat in the Legislative Council election, has accused the police of not taking his complaints seriously on alleged threats received by him during the poll campaign. 

The police were unprofessional as they did not follow up on the cases reported by him, Wan said.

The newly-elected lawmaker said he has reported four cases in which unknown people tried to threaten or intimidate him during and after the election campaign.

In one case, inflammable liquid was thrown at his car during the poll campaign in New Territories West geographical constituency, Wan said.

Meanwhile, there were also blackmail letters, he said, adding that the perpetrators had enclosed razor blades along with the threatening messages.

Wan said he saw a police officer casually throw into a rubbish bin a plastic bottle with inflammable liquid that was found near the candidate’s car.

Police must explain why they threw away the potential piece of evidence without carrying an investigation, Wan said.

The attack took place on September 2 when Wan’s team found two plastic bottles next to his car.

According to Wan, three police officers arrived at the scene and quickly concluded that the candidate’s fears were misplaced and that the plastic bottles were from a nearly construction site.

The police officers said the liquid inside the bottles was paint thinner, while Wan’s team believed that it smelt more like petrol or kerosene.

Taking about other alleged threats received by him, Wan said there were three letters containing blades that were mailed to him since August.

The most recent one came in on September 6, delivered to his office but with his home address written on it, he said.

Wan said he called the police four times but was asked to lodge a formal statement only last Saturday after the media reported death threats received by fellow Legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick.

Legislative Councilor Lam Cheuk-ting said the police should have taken a statement from Wan as early as possible given that it was a criminal case.

The response to Wan’s complaints can only be described as unprofessional and irresponsible, Lam said.

[Chinese version 中文版]

– Contact us at [email protected]

EL/AC/RC

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe