[Video] Wu Chi-wai attends father's funeral amid tight security

Local | 8 May 2021 3:43 pm

Former leader of the Democratic Party, Wu Chi-wai, was finally allowed to attend his father’s funeral on Saturday morning, after a national security judge granted a short bail on humanitarian grounds for him to bid final goodbye to his father in person.

The former lawmaker, who has been in custody for more than four months, stepped out of a police van and was walked to the funeral parlor by a handful of officers at around 8.30am.

Neatly dressed in a grey suit jacket, he was allowed inside without handcuffs or an escort, as several supporters shouted "Chi-wai! Hang in there!".

According to reports, police officers have arrived at the funeral parlor at 7am to make preperations, with a large group of officers cordoning off the building and standing guard.

Wu stayed for only 40 minutes before he was escorted back to the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

The Correctional Services Department had originally rejected his plea to be allowed to pay his respects, instead offering him the option of watching a live stream – an idea the family considered disrespectful.

Strict conditions applied to Wu's brief leave from prison, with the time and place of his appearance, as well as his route to the funeral, kept a secret.

Only designated people, such as family members, were allowed to join the private funeral, and Wu was not permitted to communicate with anyone else.

Around 200 people, including veteran politicians, activists and Wu's former colleagues in Legco, arrived at the funeral parlor the night before to pay respect to Wu's late father. Pro-Beijing lawmakers Michael Tien and Abraham Shek also sent flowers.

Wu has been remanded in custody following his arrest connected to an unauthorized rally on July 1 of last year and is one of the 47 figures charged with conspiracy to commit subversion in relation to unofficial primary polls they held to select candidates ahead of last year's postponed Legco elections.

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