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Hong Kong: foreign experts leave police complaints commission

2019-12-11T05:55:23.828Z

These law enforcement experts say that the riot police monitoring committee set up within the Hong Kong police is not sufficiently autonomous.



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Protestant arrested by riot police at "Never Forget" rally in Kowloon, Hong Kong, December 1, 2019. REUTERS / Laurel Chor

These law enforcement experts say that the riot police monitoring committee set up within the Hong Kong police is not sufficiently autonomous.

With our correspondent in Beijing, Stéphane Lagarde

The incident comes just after the visit of the new Hong Kong police chief to Beijing. It should make no difference to the atmosphere of distrust that has been growing stronger in recent months in Hong Kong between the population and the police.

Recruited in September by the Independent Police Complaints Council, these five international experts suggest that they are unable to fulfill their mission. This consisted of noting the work of the police of the police, via the organ charged to study the accusations made by some protesters against the violence committed by the anti-riot forces. Las! The experts drop the case and refuse to serve longer as bail.

Commission found unable to conduct " independent inquiry "

Among these law enforcement experts were Dennis O'Connor, former chief inspector of the British police, who had been tasked with drafting a report following the London riots in 2011, or New Zealand's judge Colin. Doherty. They were to publish their first findings by the end of January.

In a statement justifying this formal withdrawal, they claim to have noted a " crucial deficit " in the independent Council's ability to conduct an " independent inquiry ".

The Independent Police Complaints Council press statement in full. https://t.co/DbCvrrwebX #HongKong #China #antielab #antiELABhk #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/tvmeLO5gin

Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) December 11, 2019

On several occasions in recent weeks, the panel has called for an expansion of the powers of the supervisory body. A request immediately rejected by Carrie Lam, the head of the executive, as well as Anthony Neoh, the boss of the Independent Council itself. The latter told a Chinese state media last month that his foreign colleagues " did not understand the situation in Hong Kong ."

►Also read: Hong Kong: 800,000 people on the street for the six months of the protest

Source: rfi

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