The administration has again defended the arrests of 15 pro-democracy figures in connection with anti-government protests last year, insisting investigations by law enforcement agencies and prosecutions by the Department of Justice are carried out in strict accordance with the law.
In a press release on Sunday evening, a government spokesman said, "Under section 10 of the Police Force Ordinance, the Police have the duty to take lawful measures to arrest persons based on sufficient evidence and according to the laws in force. The police are duty bound to handle every case in a fair, just and impartial manner."
The spokesman added the Department of Justice carries out criminal prosecutions independently and professionally, and no one should interfere or attempt to interfere with prosecutorial decisions based on evidence and applicable laws.
The government also said people should not make "baseless speculations" about the cases.
The spokesman said it is inappropriate for anyone to comment "as it would create a public discussion which may amount to a trial by the public".
"These types of accusations may be perceived as purporting to influence the proper discharge of public duties," he added.
Government critics and several overseas countries have spoken out against the arrests and said they were politically motivated.
Protest-related arrests 'not politically motivated'
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