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Opposition politicians’ lawyers move court to prevent police from screening phones

Opposition politicians’ lawyers move court to prevent police from screening phones

Lawyers of five former lawmakers say police might abuse their power after a magistrate earlier granted officers unlimited access to the seized phones.
Lawyers for five Hong Kong opposition figures prosecuted over last year’s social unrest have asked a court to order police to return their seized mobile phones, fearing an abuse of power after a magistrate granted officers unlimited access to the devices.

But the judges say distrust of police is not an issue for the courts to deal with, while reserving their judgment till a later date in the month.

The points were made in a High Court hearing on Thursday, after it granted a temporary order in favour of veteran pan-democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming and four others – Albert Ho Chun-yan, Au Nok-hin, Sin Chung-kai and Yeung Sum – to prevent police from extracting information from their phones.
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