Date
21 November 2017
Howard Lam is  escorted out of the Hung Hom police station. He is being held without bail after his arrest on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ
Howard Lam is escorted out of the Hung Hom police station. He is being held without bail after his arrest on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ

Howard Lam held without bail as investigation continues

Democratic Party member Howard Lam is being held without bail after his arrest on Tuesday on suspicion of giving false information to the Hong Kong police, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Lam refused to give a statement to the Regional Crime Squad of Kowloon West but asked to be taken to hospital after complaining he was not feeling well.

A source said Lam was put on an oxygen mask and carried to the accident and emergency room of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Tuesday night.

Lam had claimed he was abducted in Yau Ma Tei last Thursday by several men he suspected to be mainland agents and brought to an unknown location where he was tortured while blindfolded.

He said he found himself lying alone on a beach in Sai Kung at around 1 a.m. the next day.

But CCTV footage obtained by the police told a different story.

The clip shows Lam walking in Yau Ma Tei alone with no signs of any abductors on Thursday. Police said Lam took a minibus to Sai Kung later that day.

News website hk01.com quoted a source as saying that Lam walked toward the beach after he got off the minibus in Sai Kung.

At a press conference Tuesday, superintendent Cheng Lai-ki of the Kowloon West regional crime unit said no footage showed Lam had been pushed into a van as he claimed, adding that Lam left the area where the alleged abduction took place by catching a red minibus.

Based on discrepancies in Lam’s account of the incident, Cheng said there is reason to believe that Lam had misled police officers. A forensic doctor will check the wounds on his body.

Cheng said making misleading claims as Lam did is a serious crime which wastes manpower and causes unnecessary public anxiety.

The penalty for the offense is a HK$1,000 fine and six-month imprisonment if convicted.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said society only cares about facts and evidence, adding the police will get to the bottom of things.

Meanwhile, Democratic Party chairman and lawmaker Wu Chi-wai said the public should not jump to conclusions while investigations are under way.

Wu said the party will not make any more comments on the case but promised to give a satisfactory explanation to the public when it is cleared up.

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