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Secretary of IPCC said no one can pressure the work of IPCC

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Hong Kong -- The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) handles cases fairly and without bias, says the secretary-general of the watchdog.


“The IPCC is an independent organisation established under the Independent Police Complaints Council Ordinance ... to observe, monitor and review the handling and investigation of reportable complaints against the police,” said Richard Yu Koon Hing, who was the deputy commissioner of customs before he retired in January 2016.


At a Hong Kong Shue Yan University talk on Tuesday, Yu said the IPCC would resist pressure from the police on any case.


Yu said the council's work was protected under the law, so if the IPCC requested documents on a case, the Hong Kong Police Force must provide them.


Some people have doubted the fairness of the IPCC, but Yu said it had its own procedures to deal with each case.


He cited the case of retired officer Franklin Chu King-wai, who is accused of hitting a pedestrian in the 2014 Occupy protests, as an example.


Yu said that although the police did not want to cooperate with the investigation, the council still used its procedures three times to secure information.


On March 31 this year, former police superintendent Chu pleaded not guilty to charges of assault for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with a baton In November during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests.


The 57-year-old, who retired in July 2015, pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court.


Yu, who retired after a 33-year career with the Customs and Excise Department, joined the IPCC in September 2016 as the secretary-general.

Wong Man Kit 3 Oct,2017

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