Updated: 04/21/2013 07:54

Ministry of Home Affairs counters ex-SMRT drivers' allegations as baseless



Ministry of Home Affairs counters ex-SMRT drivers' allegations as baseless


The Home Affairs Ministry says allegations of police abuse by two ex-SMRT bus drivers were baseless.

The Police Internal Affairs Office has completed its investigation into allegations by 32-year-old He Junling and 33-year-old Liu Xiangying that they were abused by Police investigators.

Both were involved in instigating other SMRT bus drivers to take part in an illegal strike last November.

They first made their police abuse allegations through an online video, two months after the alleged incidents.

He and Liu had alleged they were physically abused and threatened by their interrogators when in police custody in the days after the strike.

However, in a statement today, MHA said prior to the video, neither Her nor Liu had raised any allegations or formal complaints of abuse despite having had ample opportunities to do so.

He and Liu finally gave details of the alleged abuses to the Police in February and March this year.

MHA said both retracted their allegations in statements to the Police Internal Office.

MHA added that He's statements were contradictory.

He retracted his allegations but yet maintained that the allegations were true.

During its investigations, the IAO interviewed 10 persons believed to be implicated or have knowledge of the allegations of abuse.

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