A 23-year-old said to have threatened by the police's new national security unit in making a confession

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Lawyers for a 23-year-old student charged with unlicensed possession of firearms and military equipment have accused the police’s new national security unit of extracting his client's confession by threatening to prosecute his mother and girlfriend.

The complaint was heard at Tuen Mun Court. Lui Sai-yu, an Engineering student from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was charged with three counts: possession of firearms without licence, import of strategic commodities without licence, and possession of offensive weapons.

The freshman needed not to enter a plea of the three charges since the police needed extra time to examine the seized weapons.

Defence lawyer Kevin Tang Tsz-kai said his client had remained silent when police first interviewed him on Thursday evening. 

Tang said that Lui’s confession to illegal weapons possession during the second interview on Friday night was out of police coercion. He added that the second interview was conducted in the absence of Lui’s legal representatives

The prosecution replied that the police had asked the defendant whether he needed a lawyer to accompany him when he gave his witness statements to the force.

The 23-year-old student and his mother were arrested on Thursday morning, during a raid on his flat in Fanling, after police had received leads.

The Police seized a pepper ball gun, two pepper ball magazines ,respirators, three gas mask filters and a bulletproof ves, all of which without license, tin the operation. A military knife and an extendable baton were also found in Lui's home, with intent to be used for unlawful purposes.

Acting principal magistrate Kathie Cheung Kit-yee remanded Lui in custody after prosecutors voiced objection to his temporary release. 

His mother was released without charge, but must report to the police in late November. 

Lui’s case will be returned to Fanling Court on November 20.