12 June 2012
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National People's Congress deputy and Leung Chun-ying's top aide Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun has voiced support for a petition by local deputies urging Beijing to probe the death of disabled mainland activist Li Wangyang.
The move by the head of the chief executive-elect's office comes a day after 25,000 people marched to the Central Government Liaison Office to demand an investigation into Li's alleged suicide.
This is the first time that a senior official in Leung's team has commented on the outcry surrounding the death of Li under disputed circumstances.
Law also defended Leung for not commenting, saying his silence does not mean he has no feelings about the issue and that she believes he will relay to Beijing matters that concern local citizens.
``I feel that the local authorities [in Shaoyang city, Hunan] have not handled the incident well,'' Law said.
Asked if Leung should make use of the July 1 ceremony to raise the issue with state leaders, Law said it would be incorrect for reporters to teach the chief executive-elect what to do and when.
Meanwhile, lawmaker Ip Kwok-him of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, also an NPC deputy, said he has written to Standing Committee chairman Wu Bangguo to express local concerns.
And Lew Mon-hung, a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate, said he sent a letter to the mainland supreme court urging that it dispatch an independent investigation team to Shaoyang to probe Li's death and punish any wrongdoing.
Liberal Party chair and NPC deputy Miriam Lau Kin-yee also wrote separately to Wu calling for an investigation.
City University political analyst James Sung Lap-kung said the pro-establishment camp is reaching out to Beijing due to widespread concerns over the issue.
The local Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said Li's sister Li Wangling and her husband Zhao Baozhu are still missing and friends fear they may have been placed under house arrest or made to travel away from home.
Yin Zhengan, a unionist friend of Li, said he does not believe Li Wangling had authorized the cremation of her brother.
Li, 62, was found dead in a Shaoyang hospital ward on Wednesday, hanging from a window bar by a strip of cloth. But his feet were touching the floor, raising doubts about the suicide claim.
Meanwhile, SAR police insisted they handled Sunday's march fairly and blamed protesters for ignoring warnings and disrupting traffic.
Source : The Standard.
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