6 Hong Kong justices of the peace denied entry to San Uk Ling Holding Centre

According to SCMP, Six Hong Kong justices of the peace (JPs) were denied entry to a police detention centre near the border with mainland China, following allegations that arrested protesters were mistreated there, the Post has learnt.

A source said the group, including a former high-ranking official, recently wrote to the JPs’ secretariat under Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung’s office, asking to visit the San Uk Ling Holding Centre in Sheung Shui.

But they were told that visiting the centre was not within the scope of what they could do, as it was not on the list of institutions they could visit.

Aside from the JPs who could not get in, lawyers have complained of delays in seeing their clients detained there. A group of pro-democracy lawmakers now say they want to visit the place.

Questions were raised about the centre in the New Territories, after 31 of 54 protesters arrested on August 11 and detained there were later hospitalised, six with fractured bones.

They were arrested following clashes with the police in areas such as Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. Given the large number arrested, the police said, the group was sent to the centre, which can hold hundreds.