Mainland security officials will investigate the assault on two Hong Kong journalists in Beijing on Friday but there is no guarantee anyone will be arrested, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress said yesterday.
Michael Tien Puk-sun said he was told by the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing that an explanation would be given after the investigation.
If the men who attacked the journalists "are outsiders then they may be arrested; if they're their own people then maybe not", Tien said.
I told the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office that it should make a public statement after the investigation, but they said they are not the ones to decide whether the incident is of public concern
"They said the officers will only tell the complainant. If no one reported the case they would not have dealt with it at all."
It is now up to the Hong Kong government to pressure Beijing for a proper investigation and explanation, Tien said.
He will be writing to the NPC to call for a follow-up and explanation for the assault on the cameramen outside the home of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo on Friday.
The newsmen were covering the attempt by Hong Kong activist Yang Kuang to visit Liu Xia , the wife of Liu Xiaobo, when they were set upon.
One of them, TVB cameraman Tam Wing-man, was punched in the face and pushed to the ground and five or six men stamped on him.
"[The attackers] were not wearing uniforms so it is difficult to tell whether they were law enforcement officers. I think many such incidents will happen in the future," said Tien.
Hong Kong's Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said yesterday the department is waiting for the results of the investigation.
Civic Party lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching has written to chief executive Leung Chun-ying asking him to urge the mainland authorities to hold a serious investigation.