Date
6 December 2016
The defendants arrive in District Court. Kwan Ka-ho (top, right) and Chan Siu-tan (bottom) say the identification process was defective. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ, Reuters
The defendants arrive in District Court. Kwan Ka-ho (top, right) and Chan Siu-tan (bottom) say the identification process was defective. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ, Reuters

Lawyers clash over procedure in Ken Tsang trial

Lawyers for two of the seven policemen accused of brutally beating pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang during the 2014 protests say the procedure used to identify the suspects was flawed.

Tsang could not positively identify two of the defendants in a police lineup until after he looked at his lawyer, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Kwan Ka-ho and Chan Siu-tan said through their lawyers that the procedure was defective.

The two, together with Chief Inspector Wong Cho-sing; Senior Inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai; Sergeant Pak Wing-bun; and police constables Lau Hing-pui and Wong Wai-ho have been charged with “causing grievous bodily harm with intent”.

On the second day of the trial in District Court, Kwan and Chan challenged video evidence presented by the prosecution.

In it, the two appear to be keeping their eyes shut during the identification process.

Tsang asked an officer in charge of the lineup to order Kwan and Chan to open their eyes and look forward but the pair refused, saying they did not take part in the lineup willingly.

Tsang later said he recognized them as among those who attacked him in Tamar Park two years ago.

The officer who conducted the lineup said he believes Tsang arrived at his conclusion independently.

Tsang was allegedly beaten by the seven officers in a dark corner near the main protest site in Admiralty.

A video clip of the beating of the unarmed activist aired on a TV news program fueled public outrage, prompting the police to press charges after an investigation.

Tsang is set to testify on Friday.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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