Hong Kong police obtain warrant to read medical records of woman who suffered eye injury at protest – Hong Kong Free Press


Hong Kong police have acquired the medical records of a woman who suffered an eye injury during clashes on August 11 after they successfully obtained a court warrant.

The woman, who was hurt in the right eye, had become a symbol of the city’s anti-government protest movement and is widely seen as a victim of police violence. Eyewitnesses and local media attributed her injury to a beanbag round, but police have said that the facts were unclear.

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A suspected bean bag round stuck in a protester’s eye shield. Photo: SocRec.

At a Tuesday press briefing, Senior Superintendent Steve Li confirmed that the Hospital Authority (HA) handed over the woman’s information. The HA previously refused to provide the records but complied after police returned with a warrant.

The victim has filed a legal challenge against police for their refusal to disclose the contents of the warrant and other related information. The case will be heard at the High Court at 10:30am on Thursday.

According to a forum post by the victim’s friend, the court has asked for police representatives to attend the hearing.

Last week, the victim’s lawyers wrote to the police telling them not to obtain the medical records, but to no avail.

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Senior Superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah. Photo: Citizen News.

Li said on Tuesday that the move was backed by a court warrant, and that police “did not need to explain themselves to any third party” because the matter was between police and the HA.

On the night of August 11, the woman suffered a serious injury to her right eye in the vicinity of the Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station on Nathan Road. She was a short distance away from violent clashes between protesters and police, which saw demonstrators use slingshots, and throw Molotov cocktails and other objects. Police responded with tear gas and crowd control projectiles.

Li, from the Organised Crimes and Triad Bureau, said that “most of the pieces have fallen into place” in the investigation into the woman’s case, but they were still lacking the victim’s testimony.

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Protesters on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui on August 11. File photo: May James/HKFP.

Police can only comment on the cause of her injury after hearing from her, and asking why she was present and her precise location, he added. On multiple occasions since August 11, police representatives have said that they could not proceed with the investigation unless the victim came forward.

However, the Tuesday forum post claimed that her lawyers had written to the police and the Department of Justice on September 2, 3, 6 and 9. All of those letters received no reply, the post read.

‘Eye of Horus’

On August 26, the injured woman appeared in a brief video message condemning “police brutality” and expressed support for the pro-democracy movement.