Democratic Party member Howard Lam, who claimed last week that he was abducted and assaulted by mainland agents, has been hospitalised due to illness while in police custody.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Lam was arrested and detained by the police for allegedly providing false information. The arrest came following a report from investigative news agency Factwire, which found multiple CCTV clips that appeared to contradict Lam’s version of events.
While undergoing police questioning on Tuesday night, Lam reportedly told the officer on duty that he was experiencing “acid reflux and headaches” at 11:44pm, according to Ming Pao. He asked to see a doctor, and the authorities immediately arranged for him to be sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in an ambulance.
Prior to being admitted to hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Lam had been detained for more than 22 hours. Initially held in Mong Kok Police Station, Lam accompanied authorities to his residence in Ma On Shan as they conducted a search of the premises. He was subsequently transferred to the West Kowloon Police Station and then Hung Hom Police Station for further questioning.
On Monday evening, investigative news agency Factwire reported that multiple CCTV clips contradicted Lam’s version of events. The footage appears to show Lam leaving Portland Street around 5pm. The figure, wearing a cap, surgical mask and sunglasses, was alone; no suspicious persons were seen during the three-minute walk.
Police have received additional CCTV footage from restaurants in the area showing the figure taking a red minibus from Mong Kok to Sai Kung and then walking towards the seaside, according to Ming Pao.
A spokesperson told HKFP on Tuesday that the West Kowloon Regional Crime Unit was conducting preliminary investigations, looking through CCTV footage, and conducting questionnaires with shops in the vicinity.
“[What Lam] claimed happened that day did not match the results of the investigation. The police have reason to believe that he gave false information and misled police officers,” the spokesperson said.
On Tuesday, Democratic Party Chairman Wu Chi-wai said that his party helped Howard Lam organise last week’s press conference, where he told reporters about his alleged ordeal, based on the information he provided. Wu said that he hoped the police would complete the investigation as soon as possible and reveal the truth.
HKFP has contacted the police for further comment.