Howard Lam bailed after being charged with misleading police
Activist released till Sept 14; not allowed to travel to US to register for Yale University; said he could not talk about kidnap and torture claim
Democratic Party activist Howard Lam Tsz-kin was granted bail by Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after he was charged with misleading a police officer over a kidnapping claim.
Lam, who said last Friday he had been kidnapped and tortured by agents from mainland China, was not required to take a plea, Apple Daily reported. The case was adjourned till September 14.
He was granted bail for HK$5,000 (US$639) and had to surrender his travel documents.
The court ordered Lam to report to police twice a week. It also rejected his request to let him leave Hong Kong to register at Yale University in the United States for his doctorate study, Ming Pao Daily reported. Lam is required to attend the court on September 14, while police collect evidence.
Lam told media outside the court that he could not comment about the case. He said he felt unwell and needed to go back to hospital.
Lam was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly misleading police with claims that he was kidnapped from a street in Yau Mai Tei, Kowloon and tortured by agents from mainland China.
On Wednesday, he was moved from a police station to Queen Elizabeth Hospital as he said he was feeling unwell.
A doctor later said he was fit and able to appear in court on Thursday.