From the SMP
'Forged papers' linked to quashed conviction
Nov 08, 2009
Police are investigating whether a jailed Nigerian drug trafficker used forged witness statements to persuade Hong Kong's top court to overturn his conviction for assaulting prison officers....
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Anyone else slightly confused by this article?
In summary, the convict, Brain Hall, was initially convicted in 2005 of assaulting prison officers who had sought the return of his newspaper. That conviction was upheld on appeal in 2006, but this year in the final appeal case, Hall presented documents by witness statements that had not been disclosed earlier. The statements were made by prison officers and were in English. Hall's conviction was squashed. Now, police are investigating whether the witness statements were forged.
What I find hard to understand is why it takes so long, and why there needs to be much of an investigation, as to whether the witness statements are forged. Surely it is just a case of asking the prison officers concerned if they made the statements or not?