Police arrest activist who claimed he was kidnapped
Howard Lam said last week that he had been abducted and tortured by mainland Chinese agents
Hong Kong police arrested democracy activist Howard Lam Tsz-kin, a member of the Democratic Party, in the early hours of 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 last Thursday.
Lam was questioned in Mong Kok Police Station before being taken to his home in Kam Fung Court in Ma On Shan in the New Territories at 3am, HK01.com reported.
Police say they collected a pair of sunglasses, a computer, three mobile phones and a tablet at his home.
On Monday evening, FactWire, a Hong Kong-based newswire, reported that nine surveillance-camera videos from six different shops in Yau Ma Tei had contradicted Lam’s version of events in his alleged kidnapping by Chinese agents on Thursday.
The videos appeared to show Lam on Portland Street at around 5:30pm and walking along the street alone. The man later put on a cap, surgical mask and sunglasses before walking back toward Hamilton Street and then toward Nathan Road.
No suspicious person was seen during the three-minute walk.
After watching the videos, Lam told FactWire that the masked man in the footage was not him.
Last Thursday, Lam told a news conference that he had been kidnapped and tortured by two suspected mainland agents and warned not to contact Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.