17 February 2019
Howard Lam is sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after he complained of feeling unwell. Photo: TVB
Howard Lam is sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after he complained of feeling unwell. Photo: TVB

Howard Lam charged with misleading the police

Democratic Party member Howard Lam Tsz-kin has been charged with one count of providing misleading information to the police after he claimed he was abducted and tortured by suspected mainland security agents last week, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Police filed the charges against Lam on Wednesday night after detaining him for 48 hours. The case was scheduled to be heard at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

Lam had been sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after complaining of feeling unwell, but was later able to appear in court.  Lam underwent a brain scan and was taken to the detention ward.

Commissioner of Police Lau Yip-shing said police have unearthed evidence that does not correspond with Lam’s claims.

Lam claimed he was grabbed by Putonghua-speaking men and pushed into a van in Yau Ma Tei on Thursday afternoon. He said he was then brought to an unknown location where they punched staples into his thighs. He said he found himself alone in a beach in Sai Kung early on Friday.

He said he suspected his abductors were mainland security agents because they kept asking him if he knew Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Police said during his detention Lam complained of feeling unwell several times and refused to talk about details of the case.

Investigators have recovered a bloodstained tissue and a cigarette packet while hunting for evidence at a beach in Sai Kung.

Sources reveal they have not found a stapler or staples at Lam’s home, but recovered a pair of glasses.

Police said footage from a security camera showed Lam walking on his own along the street where he said he had been abducted, but no suspicious persons were found nearby. The footage showed it was 5:45 p.m., almost two hours after Lam was allegedly snatched on Thursday.

Police have determined that the man on the video clip was Lam because of his appearance, size and manner of walking, although he was wearing dark glasses and a cap at the time.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Nip Tak-kuen said he did not discuss Lam’s case during his meeting with officials of the mainland’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office.

Civic Party’s Alan Leong Kah-kit compared Lam’s case to the Japanese classic film Rashomon as different parties have different versions of the incident.

He said Hong Kong people’s concerns over the co-location arrangement for the Express Rail Link were not triggered by Lam and will not end with his detention.

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