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  • Dec 18, 2014
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Hong Kong police told to pump ‘snitches’ in hunt for Kevin Lau attackers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 11:44pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 February, 2014, 4:57pm
 

Anti-triad detectives have been told to pump for information every underworld "snitch" they know to help find the motorcycle hitmen who carried out Wednesday's attack on former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to.

As the clock ticks on the investigation into the attack on the journalist, whose condition improved to serious from critical in hospital on Friday morning, officers from the organised crime and triad bureau are understood to have been approaching every informant on the police payroll amid a dearth of witnesses.

Despite releasing grainy CCTV images of the culprits and the motorcycle and taxi the duo were believed to have used prior to and after the attack, police have still not made an arrest. Lau and his family are under police protection.

Watch: Hong Kong ex-editor in press freedom row critical after attack

"Every informant on the payroll is being tapped for information. No stone is being left unturned. They know the hours immediately after an attack like this are crucial in terms of success," said a police source. It is understood neither Lau nor his family had received threats before the attack.

Lau, 49, was ambushed as he got out of his car near a restaurant in Sai Wan Ho when a pillion passenger got off a motorcycle and attacked him with a chopper. An initial bounty of HK$1 million put up by Ming Pao has tripled to more than HK$3 million with donations.

The attack left Lau's internal organs exposed and damaged crucial nerves in his legs. He also lost 3.4 litres of blood.

His condition, while critical, is stable. He communicated briefly with detectives in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital yesterday but has not given a formal statement. Lau's damaged nerves were repaired but it was "too early to tell whether the connections would rejoin perfectly", a hospital source said.

The Legislative Council's chairman, Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, visited Lau in intensive care last night.

Lau's wife, Vivien Chan Pik-kwan, said: "His face is less pale and he is responsive to questions. He can write with his fingers to express himself."

Amid fears that the attack could be connected to Lau's work, Ming Pao editorial director Cheung Kin-bor said the company would give police news articles from last year that "may have offended people".

Additional reporting by Samuel Chan

Watch: Hong Kong media vow not to be intimidated after attack

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mdap
HONG KONG POLICE ARE THE LAZIEST AND MOST INEFFICIENT IN THE WORLD! THAT FACT THAT TRIADS STILL EXISTS AND OPERATE LEGITIMATE BUSINESSES I.E. MINI BUSES IS PROOF ENOUGH OF HOW THEY ARE TOLERATED ... THERE WILL NEVER BE AN ARREST ON THIS, OR IF THERE IS, IT WILL BE SOME PUPPET OFFERED UP BY A TRIAD BOSS IN ORDER TO PROTECT HIS SOLDIERS! HK SHOULD BE ASHAMED
rawlie
I'm glad there are others out there who can see how lazy and inept this police force is. It's endemic throughout the force, from high profile squads such as the OCTB to traffic police not dealing with boy racers to cops walking the beat. It's insane how 9 times out of 10 a person won't even get a funny look for jaywalking, but the tenth time, because the duty sergeant has said 'today we're focussing on crossing the road illegally' cops will write you up.
They only care about statistics rather than the actual enforcement of the law. Asia's Finest? Don't make me laugh!
HiggsSinglet
imo, those who did the attack are just hired guns. if they are hired locally, most likely they would have been rendered and silenced. if they are from the north, then the hk police will never catch them. most government will not do the dirty job themselves, they will hire the pros, us's backwater comes to my mind.
Camel
Compared to other Asian nations, like the ones in the Philippines, HK has still the finest Police Squad and Investigators you can find in Asia. In the Philippines for example Lau would have been dead already on the street and the case shelved for the next 100 years.
Dai Muff
There will be a motive, even if the "street punk" has not been informed of it.
leormac
I have to admit...this is the lowest form of attack on not just one member of society, but society as a whole.....FIND THEM!!!
chuchu59
There are conspiracy theories aplenty so I hope the Police puts its best foot forward and nab those responsible. Meanwhile, Kevin shows his true colours. He may not be able to talk but can write to express himself. An out-and-out editor. I look forward to seeing some nice works from him in the near future
impala
You are right. However, I find the offences committed against good taste and ethical journalism even worse. Chasing the victim of a violent crime as far as inside the hospital, very nearly obstructing the medical staff who are trying to save his life - no journalist worthy of the name should engage in such reporting.
scmpgt
Lets make a prediction. They are going to arrest some nobody street punk with no motives. And this becomes just another old news a week afterwards.
DinGao
The video is clear evidenc of a breach of the HA Byelaws which prohibit filming or photography on HA premises and precincts to protect personal provacy.

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