Three police officers have been arrested for allegedly planting evidence.

The three are officers at the Kowloon East Emergency Unit. The 44-year-old male sergeant, 34-year-old male constable and 31-year-old female constable were charged with perverting the course of justice. They will appear next Tuesday at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts.

The case allegedly occurred in December 2016, when the three officers inspected a man suspected to be using drugs in Wong Tai Sin. The man threw a syringe onto the ground, and denied it was his. But an officer put the syringe into the man’s bag and arrested him for possessing drug paraphernalia, Ming Pao cited unnamed sources as reporting.

File photo: In-Media.

The man filed a complaint afterwards and police confirmed after checking surveillance footage that the syringe was put into his bag by others. The three officers were arrested on Monday.

Theft of antique banknotes

Meanwhile, police arrested two men, including a 35-year-old officer, for allegedly stealing five antique HK$50 banknotes.

The owner of an antique currency shop in Mong Kok discovered at the end of last month that the notes were missing. He subsequently found the notes being sold on the internet and reported it to the police.

Hong Kong police insignia.
Hong Kong police insignia. Photo: Funki_Munki, via Flickr.

The police sent an officer to meet the two men in Mong Kok under the pretence of being a buyer. The officer then revealed his identity and arrested the two.

The men were allowed to post bail and are required to report to the police in mid-April.

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Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.