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Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11:22

7 police officers convicted of assault

By chinadailyasia.com & Agencies

7 police officers convicted of assault
The seven convicted officers are sent to jail outside the Wan Chai Law Courts in Hong Kong on Feb 14, 2017. (Provide to China Daily)

HONG KONG - The District Court convicted seven Hong Kong Police officers of an assault occasioning actual bodily harm after they attacked an activist during the illegal "Occupy Central" movement two years ago.

However, the seven were found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to former Civic Party member Ken Tsang Kin-chiu.

However, the 7 were found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to former Civic Party member Ken Tsang Kin-chiu

Tsang himself was convicted last year of assaulting police and resisting arrest in relation to the incident and sentenced to five weeks in prison.

Prosecutors accused Tsang of splashing liquid from a bottle on police as they tried to clear protesters from the tunnel, while Tsang said the charges were politically motivated.

District Court Judge David Dufton said he was satisfied with the prosecution's case that officers carried Tsang by his arms and legs and took him behind a park building, "where he was dumped on the ground and immediately assaulted," according to a press summary of the ruling. Five officers stabbed, stamped and kicked Tsang, while two others watched, the judge said.

When Tsang was later taken to a police station, he was slapped twice by one of the officers - detective police constable Chan Siu-tan - who was convicted of a separate charge of common assault.

The seven convicted officers are Chief inspector Wong Cho-shing, 50;  Senior inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, 31; Detective Sergeant Pak Wing-bun, 43; police constable Lau Hing-pui, 39; and detective police constables Chan Siu-tan, 33; Kwan Ka-ho, 33; and Wong Wai-ho, 38. They will be sentenced later.

 
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