Date
13 December 2017
Five of the seven police officers (L-R) Chief Inspector Wong Cho-sing, Police Constable Chan Siu-tan, Police Constable Kwan Ka-ho, Sergeant Pak Wing-bun and Senior Inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, arrive at the court on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Five of the seven police officers (L-R) Chief Inspector Wong Cho-sing, Police Constable Chan Siu-tan, Police Constable Kwan Ka-ho, Sergeant Pak Wing-bun and Senior Inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, arrive at the court on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Seven policemen found guilty of attacking activist Ken Tsang

The District Court on Tuesday found seven police officers guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm for attacking a pro-democracy activist during a protest in October 2014.

However, the seven were found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to former Civic Party member Ken Tsang, public broadcaster RTHK reports.

One of the seven, detective constable Chan Siu-tan, was also found guilty of an additional charge of common assault.

The judge said he would give his reasons for the verdicts at a later date.

Aside from Chan, those found guilty were chief inspector Wong Cho-sing; senior inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai; sergeant Pak Wing-bun; and police constables Lau Hing-pui, Wong Wai-ho, and Kwan Ka-ho.

The incident occurred on the night of Oct. 15, 2014, at the height of the Occupy Movement in which thousands of Hong Kong people occupied major thoroughfares to dramatize their demand for genuine universal suffrage.

Tsang was beaten by a group of police officers in a dark alley near the main protest site in Admiralty.

A video clip of the beating was aired on a TV news program, sparking public outrage and prompting the police to press charges against the officers after an investigation.

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