The chairman of the police watchdog, Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), Anthony Neoh, said an international panel of experts hired to study police conduct during the extradition bill saga didn’t have a thorough understanding about the complicated situation in Hong Kong.
IPCC had included five experts in its panel last September after the government rejected calls for an independent probe and said the overseas professionals will assist IPCC “fact-finding study”.
The panel of five experts said in November that the IPCC needs more powers if it is to conduct a rigorous inquiry into the policing of the protests in Hong Kong.
In an interview with Shenzhen TV, Neoh said he already told the experts that IPCC must work in accordance with the laws.
“They don’t understand well our current situation. What they suggested exceeded IPCC’s statutory functions. I already told them: thank you for your opinions. But we must work in accordance with the laws,” he said.
The five-member expert panel was headed by Sir Denis O’Connor who served as a top official in the British police until 2012.
Other members are Colin Doherty, who headed the police watchdog in New Zealand; Michael Adams QC from Australia; Prof Clifford Stott, a social psychology academic from Keele University in the UK; as well as Gerry McNeilly, a former head of a civilian watchdog that monitors police in Canada.
Shenzhen TV reported that IPCC had almost finished a study into the conflicts between police and the public from June 9 to July 2.
It says a report would be submitted to the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, by the end of next month.