Emily Lau Wai-hing, former chairperson of the Democratic Party, defended party member Howard Lam Tsz-kin over his claims that he was kidnapped and tortured by mainland security agents.
The allegations came to light during a press conference called by the Democratic Party last week.
Lau said she would also have brought up the matter and hopes that people will accept the party’s decision.
She made the remarks after Lam was arrested on suspicion of misleading the police. His case will be heard by a Kowloon City court on Thursday.
Lau said she had not known Lam that long but she knows he is an honest man. She said she once nominated Lam to be the vice chairman of the party.
Critics accused Lam of fabricating the story to discredit mainland authorities and bring attention to the controversial co-location scheme for the high-speed rail.
Lau said she had yet to see any correlation between the events and the co-location policy.
Also, she said she is suspicious of the police’s decision to arrest Lam before completing their inquiries and urged a fairer and open investigation.
Legislative councilor Tse Wai-chun said the case might bring a “boy who cried wolf” effect, making Hong Kong citizens blind to similar events in the future.
State-controlled newspaper Global Times accused Lau of feigning the events and trying to discredit the central government “probably in relation to the co-location policy”.
It said the Democratic Party had made itself a laughing stock by calling the press conference.
Meanwhile, Timothy Kwai, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said the Democratic Party showed “dishonest intent” in posting the events to its Facebook page without proof.
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