11th December 2019 – (Hong Kong) According to Wall Street Journal, a panel of foreign experts who were recruited to oversee objectivity of a probe into allegations of excessive force by Hong Kong police exited from Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) after raising concerns that the body leading the probe doesn’t have sufficient powers and investigative capabilities.
Tony Tse Wai-chuen, pro-Beijing Legislative Councillor who is also the Vice-Chairman of IPCC expressed that the panel of foreign experts did not resign but they still maintained close contact with IPCC as its work was only “phasing out.”
The IPCC issued a statement this morning to thank the expert group for its participation and suggestions. The recommendations of the expert group will be carefully considered when writing their report. Reporters questioned Tony Tse about the panel’s apparent resignation before the Legislative Council meeting commenced this morning and he responded by saying that the foreign experts only assisted in the preparation of the report and did not write and confirm the report directly.
Meanwhile, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Administration also responded by saying that IPCC has already issued a statement to address the concern.