'Funny' cash video leads to cop claims

Top News | Justin Tong 27 Mar 2020

A video of pan-democrats handing over cash went viral yesterday, accusing district councillors of paying the supporters of Cheng Lai-king.

The 16-second video shows district councillor Kam Nai-wai, a Democratic Party member, handing over banknotes twice to several people in the street outside the Kwai Chung police station where Cheng was held.

Another party member, lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung, was also on the scene.

At least six others were nearby.

But Hui said the video was shot in the morning, when party members were raising funds outside the police station for Cheng when her bail was doubled from HK$5,000 to HK$10,000 without advance notice.

He said Kam was collecting the extra HK$5,000 and transferring it to another party member, Winfield Chong Wing-fai, to pay the higher bail amount inside the station.

Hui said the accusation that his party was paying supporters was "funny," adding: "I strongly believe the video was taken by the police."

He said there were four or five officers standing on the rooftop of the police station. Some were videotaping the process from Cheng's arrest to her release throughout the morning.

Hui said he reserved the right to take legal action over the accusation.

After the video went viral, the Democratic Party posted a photo of two people on a rooftop who were said to be the video-taping officers.

Its caption read: "Is this sedition through rumor-mongering? Will the police arrest the offending officers?"

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