Hong Kong police said they have concluded a probe into the Manila bus hijacking fiasco, which left eight Hong Kong tourists dead in August, and a local judge will soon decide whether to hold an inquest.
The police, who travelled to Manila to conduct the investigation, submitted their report yesterday to Hong Kong's
coroner who ordered the investigation after the fatal incident.
"After considering the report, the coroner will decide whether or not to conduct a death inquest," the police said in
a statement posted on their website yesterday, adding that inquests are open to the public.
The police also said the coroner will decide whether to release their report, in a decision that will consider the
"overall interests of justice".
Hong Kong police sent four delegations to Manila to gather evidence, including from the coach where the victims
died and to conduct ballistic tests and interviews with eye-witnesses.
Hong Kong last month said it was disappointed at Manila's decision to spare officials involved in the hostage-taking from tough punishments, saying the victims' families would find the perceived leniency hard to accept.
The hostage-taking on August 23 saw a sacked police officer seize a busload of Hong Kong tourists in Manila in a
desperate bid to win his job back and be cleared of extortion charges. Eight of the tourists and the hostage taker were
killed and seven tourists wounded when police commandos launched a bungled rescue attempt in a drama played out live on television.
The incident strained ties between Hong Kong and the Philippines and heaped pressure on the new administration of
President Benigno Aquino, who was widely criticised for his handling of the crisis.