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Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to govt

Hong Kong: An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to huge pro-democracy protests announced on Wednesday they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for purpose “in a society that values freedoms and rights”.
The group’s damning conclusion is a blow to Hong Kong’s government, which has insisted its Independent Police Complaints Commission is capable of holding the force to account over snowballing claims of brutality.
“We ultimately concluded that a crucial shortfall was evident in the powers, capacity and independent investigative capability of IPCC,” the experts said. Critics have long charged the body lacks adequate powers. (AFP)

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