Date
8 December 2016
The seven police officers accused of beating up activist Ken Tsang (inset) show up at the district court on Wednesday. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK, Civic Party
The seven police officers accused of beating up activist Ken Tsang (inset) show up at the district court on Wednesday. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK, Civic Party

Trial begins for seven cops charged in Ken Tsang case

The seven police officers accused of brutally beating pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu during the 2014 Occupy protests had a tacit agreement among themselves to jointly use violence against him, prosecutors said.

At the start of the officers’ trial at a district court on Wednesday, the prosecution said that on the night of Oct. 15, 2014, Tsang was punched and kicked for about four minutes by the accused, whose faces were clearly captured in video taken by media, Apple Daily reports.

The officers – Chief Inspector Wong Cho-sing; 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 – have been charged with “causing grievous bodily harm with intent”.

Tsang was allegedly beaten up by the seven officers in a dark corner near the main Occupy protest site in Admiralty after he was seen splashing liquid on police officers who were trying to maintain order at the time.

A forensic doctor testified that a total of 15 bruise marks were found on Tsang’s chest and back during a medical examination, and that they appeared to have been caused by batons used by the police.

A video footage of the beating of the unarmed activist aired on a TV news program fueled public outrage, prompting the police department to press charges against the officers following an investigation.

At the court hearing, the prosecution described what happened that night based on the investigation results and presented video footage as evidence.

The defendants refused to line up in a police lineup, but Tsang was later able to identify two of them, Kwan and Chan, after the police department arranged direct confrontation, Ming Pao Daily reported, citing the prosecution’s statement.

The barrister representing the two officers called the procedure improper and asked the judge not to consider it.

The trial continues on Thursday.

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