Protester's call queried

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 12:00am
 

A police association is to lodge a formal complaint against a Democratic Party lawmaker who handed a mobile phone to a demonstrator while he was under arrest so he could speak live on a radio talk-show.


Tony Liu Kit-ming, chairman of the Local Inspectors' Association, said a letter complaining about legislator and lawyer Andrew Cheng Kar-foo would be sent to the Law Society.


Mr Cheng was said to have passed a handset to a demonstrator who was under arrest on May 9 during the Fortune Global Forum to do a live interview with Commercial Radio's Tea Cup in a Storm.


Police later snatched the phone from the demonstrator, Sunny Leung Chun-wai, and said it was illegal for someone under arrest to make outside contact.


Mr Liu said yesterday: 'We are resolved to lodge the complaint regardless of what the police management decides. The complaint does not target Mr Cheng personally, we just want the Law Society to clarify if such action is lawful or acceptable.


'If the Law Society thinks it is legal, then we have to adjust our action accordingly. But if it is otherwise, then the society should instruct its members how to behave in future.'


Mr Cheng yesterday said he would not comment because the letter had not yet been sent.


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