Sadly these days claims like that seem pretty believable.During mitigation, Choi told the court that he was contacted by a police officer after the crime and that he had intended to surrender, but the officer dissuaded him.
But the prosecution said the department had never contacted the defendant. They also said Choi had not provided relevant any proof of this claim, such as an officer's number or unit details. The defence then withdrew Choi's claim.
She was no doubt a good administrator in the civil service to have risen so far up, but being a good administrator does not necessarily equate to being a good leader. She could organize policies and carry out directives from above, but as for actually making policies and understanding political consequences, that seems more dubious, given the extradition bill mess. Yes, she was probably an expert in bureaucratic politics and power struggles in the civil service, she would not have made it so far up without those "skills". But that is quite different to being a political leader and understanding what the masses want.
I just find it hard to imagine she could have set up such an elaborate conspiracy and execute it like this. In the end, she was trained to follow and apply orders from above, but actually setting up such complicated political games seem beyond her capability.
(Of course, I suppose one cannot entirely discount this political conspiracy, it is possible that she harbour such intentions, but without any real evidence, no one can really know.)
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I find it interesting that of all the SCMP columnists, it is Michael Chugani, a pretty staunch pro-establishment figure prior to the protests, has transformed into a fierce critic of the HK government and Lam. Has Chugani simply woke up after he stopped drinking the Kool Aid from the government? Is this even his real stance, as he may simply be doing this to offer some counter argument variety on the paper, I don't know.
Whatever the case may be, here he criticized the new Liasion office top man as a hardliner who knows nothing about HK. Personally, I think it is a little early to know what this new guy is thinking to jump to the conclusion he is a hardliner, but Chugani's observation of Lam having lost her mind is quite apt: