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Joshua Wong

Hong Kong prisons chief denies jailed activist Joshua Wong was made to strip naked for questioning

Wong claimed he was forced to remove his clothes and squat in front of officers during his jail term earlier this year

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 November, 2017, 7:41pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 November, 2017, 9:12pm

The head of Hong Kong’s prisons has rebuffed claims by democracy activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung that he was made to strip and squat to answer questions from guards while he was serving a six-month jail term this year.

Following his release from prison last month, Wong claimed he was stripped naked, forced to squat in front of a correctional officer and made to answer questions while in a crouched position.

Commissioner of Correctional Services Terence Lam Kwok-leung said the department did not require new prisoners to undergo such procedures.

He added that inmates could lodge a complaint with the department or speak with other officers at the scene if they felt they had been mistreated.

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Wong said the incident happened when he was transferred from Pik Uk Correctional Institution to Tung Tau Correctional Institution on October 13.

Lam said there was room for improvement in the department and it would consider all views about the prison system.

Wong was sentenced to six months imprisonment in August and was released on bail on October 24 pending an appeal against his convictions for his role in the Occupy protests in 2014.

He, along with pro-democracy student leaders Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang, will have their appeal heard on January 16, next year.