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杨锦成:警方在押候审17名学生遭质疑

27/08/2015

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2015年8月27日

国会议员和有关当局是时候检讨在押候审程序的要求,尤其是针对不太严重的犯罪案件。

最近有17名学生在国会大厦前和平集会而遭到逮捕,这是有关当局可能滥权的例子。据悉,检察人员要求针对这些学生在押候审一个星期,但法官仅给予3天时间。这些学生据说将在刑法第124B条文和2012年和平集会法令下被调查,他们现被拘留在增江警方拘留中心。

民青团署理团长杨锦成指出,在刑事诉讼法第117条文下,在押候审是因逮捕的24小时内无法完成调查,同时有充分的理由相信针对学生的指控或情报。针对有关逮捕方式,我怀疑警方是否根据法律,正当地进行调查。

“在录口供后,警方原本可以允许保释。他们并不需要和那些严重罪行般进行复杂的调查,甚至允许那3天的在押候审都是荒谬的。更别说那些学生是给予合作、不可能离开国家,更不可与反净选盟群体相提并论。同时,这群学生也没有致使或威胁使用任何暴力,”同时也是律师的杨锦成说。

“我很想知道在在押候审的过程中,警方如何在调查日记做记录,以提供在押候审的原因(若有任何)。法官通常会通过检控官或副检察官的申请,但其应独立地去考虑案件的严重性或性质下。”

在押学生的情况已对他们和家人造成过度的压力、痛苦和恐惧。因此,我呼吁有关当局公正行事,尽快释放这群被扣押的学生.

It is high time for the lawmakers and relevant authorities to look into requirements of a remand proceeding particularly cases related less serious offences.

Recent arrest of the 17 students who protested peacefully in front of the Parliament is an example of possible abuse by the relevant authority. It is reported that the prosecuting officer requested for one week remand against the students but is granted 3 days by the Magistrate. The students are said to be investigated under section 124B of the Penal Code and Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. They are now detained at the Jinjang police detention centre.

Parti Gerakan Deputy Youth Chief Andy Yong who is a lawyer said “under section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code (“CPC”), the basis of a remand is due to the investigation could not complete within 24 hours of the arrest and that there are grounds for believing that the accusation or information against (the students) are well founded. Considering the manner of the arrest, I am skeptical that the police is bona fide in carrying out their investigation in accordance to the law.”

Andy added “the police could have allow bail after the statement recorded. They do not require complicated or difficult investigation like those in serious offences, it is absurd even to allow 3 days remand. Not to mention the students are cooperative and unlikely to leave the country and unlike the anti-Bersih group, no violence is caused or threatened by the students”.

“I wonder what did the police record in their investigation diary during the remand proceeding to provide reason of the remand (if there is any). Often the Magistrate is allow such application by the prosecuting officer or deputy public prosecutor instead of acting independently to consider the severity and merits of the case”

In the circumstance by detaining the students, it caused undue stress, anguish and fear not only on them but their family members.  I therefore urge the authority to act impartial and release them soonest possible.

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