Howard Lam gets five months' jail for misleading 'kidnap' claims

Local | 15 Mar 2019 4:09 pm

Democratic Party member Howard Lam Tsz-kin, 44, has been sentenced to five months of imprisonment at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts today after he was found guilty of a count of knowingly making to police officer a false report of commission of any offense, RTHK reports.

He was freed on bail, however, pending an appeal.

Senior members of the party had flanked Lam in August 2017 when he announced to the media that he had been snatched from the streets of Mong Kong, bundled into a van and knocked unconscious with some kind of anesthetic.

Recounting his story at the time, he said his kidnappers, who spoke in Putonghua, had stripped him half-naked and fired staples into his thighs before eventually dumping him on a beach in Sai Kung.

At the court, Lam had denied knowingly making a false report of an offense to the police.

But acting chief magistrate So Wai-tak said today based on the evidence, he was sure that the abduction never took place.

So said Lam had donned a mask, a cap and sunglasses as he shopped in Mong Kok on the day in question to hide his identity.

During the trial, the prosecution had noted that not a single person had witnessed the alleged abduction, despite Lam's claim that it happened in broad daylight in the busy streets of Mong Kok.

The prosecution suggested Lam's wounds were self-inflicted, and it also questioned whether if someone had just been the victim of torture, they would take the time to arrange a press conference before having their injuries seen to.

Lam had told reporters that not long before the "abduction," he had received threats over his plan to send a signed photograph of the footballer Lionel Messi to the wife of the late Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

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