Howard Lam accuses cops of smear campaign

Local | 14 Aug 2017 5:43 pm

A Democratic Party member who claims to have been abducted and tortured by mainland agents has slammed the police, alleging that the force is trying to discredit him through the media.

"I’m very unhappy about the police, they always mention my case to the reporters, that is very unprofessional and make me afraid,” said Howard Lam Tsz-kin (pictured). 

"Because the police must keep the secret and protect me. But they share something with the reporters, I think this is to try to discredit me and to create some stories,” he added. 

On Friday, Lam told the media that he was kidnapped from Mong Kok by some Mandarin-speaking men and tortured over his plan to send a picture of footballer Lionel Messi to Liu Xia, the wife of the late Nobel laureate Liu Xiabao who died last month. Liu Xia has not been seen in public since her husband's funeral. 

Lam also hit back at suggestions that he may have mental problems. An editorial in the pro-Beijing Ta Kung Pao newspaper had said he was a manic-depressive who needs help. 

But Lam said there's nothing wrong with his mental health; he doesn't do drugs or even drink; and he doesn't gamble or owe anyone money. 

Democratic Party legislator Lam Cheuk-ting also said comments on the case by Secretary for Security John Lee are both disappointing and unfair. 

"I think the comment of Mr Lee is unfair, because he only said that there’s no evidence to prove Mr Howard Lam was kidnapped in the area concerned. But Mr Lee failed to disclose another very important information – that there’s no information or evidence to disprove Mr Lam’s allegation,” he said. 

The lawmaker also called it ridiculous that some people are questioning whether the alleged abduction took place at all, and whether the Democratic Party had made up the whole affair to undermine the proposed co-located border plan for the Express Rail. 

Lam told RTHK’s Janice Wong that this is just a case of a Hong Kong resident being kidnapped and the focus should remain on that.

Executive councillor Ronny Tong also weighed in on the matter, saying that both the SAR and mainland authorities should investigate the allegations. 

"Such conduct cannot be regarded as law enforcement. But this is plainly and clearly criminal conduct, albeit with a political bias. Being a criminal conduct, it should be thoroughly investigated not simply by the Hong Kong SAR government but, I hope, also by the mainland government,” he said.

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