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法律界關注警方過分使用武力 要求獨立調查


 

以資深大律師陳景生(前大律師公會主席)為首的30名法律界選委發聲明,譴責昨日在和平集會中任何使用暴力的人士,並對香港警察過分使用武力表示極度關注。聲明提到,終審法院在前警司朱經緯案中提到:違法對公眾使用不必要武力,不能容忍。選委要求就昨日警方對公眾(包括示威者和記者)過分使用武力,進行獨立調查,並要求警方遵守《警隊條例》要求執勤。

大律師公會亦發聲明,就香港警方和示威人士昨日下午,於政府總部範圍及金鐘一帶發生的衝突,強烈譴責任何一方的暴力行為。 公會指,嚴重關注有影片顯示,警方向示威人士及前線記者作出罔顧他們安全的行為,包括在示威人士似乎沒有對警方或公眾造成威脅下,向一些手無寸鐵的示威人士,甚至一些顯然是記者的在場人士,使用非必要的武力,顯示警方似乎已遠超其行使維持公共秩序的合法權力。

公會呼籲公眾人士,繼續以耐心及理性的態度表達其意見。公會指,有見近日因修訂《逃犯條例》及《刑事事宜相互法律協助條例》在社會引起的動盪不安,認為政府必須深切自省是否在此情況下,仍然有堅持相關修訂的必要。有鑑於社會就修訂有關條例有強烈及明確的反對聲音,任何認為本身是需要向公眾負責任的政府,必然會暫緩修訂其行,與社會各方進行對話,並重新考慮其立場。

律師會發聲明指,修訂《逃犯條例》草案導致昨日發生暴力衝突,令人感到難過及遺憾。聲明指,香港是一個多元的文明社會,理性的討論一直獲得社會的尊重。律師會維持其觀點,認為條例草案具深遠的影響,需要謹慎和全面的檢討、討論和分析,以冷靜、理性和有建設性的態度,尋求一個合符香港整體利益的解決方案,暴力只會令爭議惡化以及危害秩序和社會穩定,在文明社會是不被接納。律師會促請各方進行文明討論,以理性方式解決分歧,以利香港未來。

警察昨日發射槍膠彈、布袋彈、催淚彈,多名示威者及記者受傷。美聯社圖片

以下是法律界選委聲明全文:

Joint Statement of All Members of the Legal Subsector of the Election Committee

1. We condemn the unlawful use of force by anyone in peaceful protest.

2. In particular, we express grave concern over the excessive use of force by the Hong Kong Police Force (“the Police”) against protesters in the vicinity of Admiralty on 12 June 2019.

3. We note that the Police General Order 29-01 on “Use of Force” states, inter alia, that:

(a) a police officer should “exercise a high degree of restraint when dealing with the public”;

(b) a police officer “shall not resort to the use of force unless such action is strictly necessary and he is otherwise unable to effect his lawful purpose”;

(c) “only the minimum force necessary to achieve the purpose may be used and once that purpose has been achieved, the use of force shall cease”; and

(d) “[t]he force used must be reasonable in the circumstances”.

4. Furthermore, we echo the remark expressed by the Appeal Committee of the Court of Final Appeal in HKSAR v Chu Frankly(朱經緯) (2019) 22 HKCFAR 1 at paragraph 20 that, irrespective of the difficult circumstances that may be faced by the Police, “a violation of the law involving the unwarranted use of force against a member of the public cannot be condoned”.

5. Therefore:

(1) we strongly urge the Police to strictly observe the requirements in the Police General Order set out above; and

(2) we call for an independent inquiry into the excessive use of force by the Police against members of the public (including protesters and members of the press) on 12 June 2019.

陳景生 Chan King Sang Edward SC
戴啟思 Dykes Philip John SC
梁家傑 Leong Kah Kit Alan SC
夏偉志 Harris Graham Anthony SC
彭耀鴻 Pang Yiu Hung Robert SC
潘熙 Pun Hei Hectar SC
查錫我 Char Shik Ngor Stephen
鄭瑞泰 Cheng Shui Tai
張達明 Cheung Tat Ming Eric
張惠儀 Cheung Wai Yee Betty
張耀良 Cheung Yiu Leung
關尚義 Clancey John Joseph
何俊麒 Ho Chun Ki Frederick
何俊仁 Ho Chun Yan Albert
郭憬憲 Kwok King Hin Douglas
林洋鋐 Lam Kenneth
廖成利 Liu Sing Lee Bruce
文浩正 Man Ho Ching Jonathan
吳思諾 Ng Sze Nok Senia
潘淑瑛 Poon Suk Ying Debora
石書銘 Shek Randy Shu Ming
譚俊傑 Tam Chun Kit Jeffrey
韋智達 Vidler Michael John
黃鶴鳴 Wong Hok Ming Alan
王學今 Wong Huk Kam
黃國桐 Wong Kwok Tung Daniel
黃瑞紅 Wong Shui Hung Linda
黃宇逸 Wong Yu Yat Anson
葉海琅 Yip Hoi Long Richard
阮陳淑怡 Yuen Chan Suk Yee Helena




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