[Chinese Lawyers insisted to fight for access to the 12 Hongkongers]
The family-appointed Chinese lawyers have not given up their attempts to interview the 12 Hongkongers. Four of them, including Quinn Moon's lawyer Lu Siwei, Huang Lam-Phuc's lawyer Lu Tingge, Kok Tsz-Lun’s lawyer Lin Qilei and Tang Kai-yin's lawyer Song Yusheng, went to the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau this morning to complain that the Yantian Detention Centre, the Yantian District Procuratorate and the 110 police answering centre have violated the law by blocking their interviews with clients.
The aforementioned four lawyers, along with Li Yu-hin's attorney Liang Xiaojun, went to the Yantian Detention Center yesterday to request access to their clients. The officers again claimed that each of the 12 had already appointed two lawyers.
The five lawyers further requested for an interview with the client to verify the claims of the detention centre in accordance with the "Regulations on the Protection of Lawyers' Right to Practice in accordance with Law" of the five ministries were also rejected.
Mr. Lu highlighted that his client, Huang Lam-Phuc, was still a minor and could not appoint his own lawyers. He questioned the validity of the Detention Centre's claim that Huang had appointed lawyers.
The five tried to contact the Yantian District Procuratorate stationing officer in the detention center to lodge a complaint, but the call was not answered. No police officer arrived even though they called the 110 emergency number to report the case. It wasn't until the afternoon that the five lawyers went to the Yantian District Procuratorate in person to file a complaint against the detention center and 110, that the officers were willing to receive them. After documenting the case, the officers said they would reply in writing as soon as possible.
The lawyers said that two of the detainees had been able to use the money their families had deposited, but were still prohibited from accepting outside deliveries of clothing.
In fact, the 12 lawyers are now forced to "petition" to the Public Security Bureau as other citizens and are under increasing political pressure. Today, the sources from the internet said that another Chinese human rights lawyer Chang Weiping has been arrested and disappeared. Given the Chinese lawyers’s perseverance facing great danger, we must keep up the pressure in Hong Kong until the 12 Hongkongers return to Hong Kong safely.
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