Date
22 October 2017
Supporters call for a pardon on seven policemen jailed for assault on pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang
Photo: HKEJ
Supporters call for a pardon on seven policemen jailed for assault on pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang Photo: HKEJ

Pro-establishment groups urge mercy for seven jailed cops

Dozens of supporters staged a protest outside Government House in Central on Sunday calling for a pardon on seven policemen jailed for assault on pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang.

The protesters want Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to exercise his power of mercy for the officers who have been jailed two years by a district court judge, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports   

Lawyer Francis Chong of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong said Leung is empowered to exercise mercy and should look at the situation “from a macro point of view”.

The alliance said it will set up stalls outside 10 MTR stations to collect signatures from members of the public in support of the policemen.

Also, the group said a fund has been set up to receive donations for the officers’ families.

Meanwhile, Caring Hong Kong Power staged a separate protest outside police headquarters in Wan Chai in which they criticized Judge David John Dufton for an “unfair ruling”.

Convenor Lee Ka-ka called Dufton a “dog judge”, echoing an earlier comment by filmmaker Clifton Ko.

Lee said the five-week jail term on Ken Tsang for assaulting police officers and resisting arrest was too lenient.

Other pro-police groups such as Politihk Social Strategic, Defend Hong Kong Campaign and the Justice Alliance held a march from Chater Garden in Central to police headquarters in Wan Chai on Saturday. Police said there were up to 1,800 marchers at one point.

The Department of Justice said it is paying close attention to the matter, adding it will relay any behavior that constitutes contempt of court to law enforcement agencies.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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