23 March 2019

Former justice secretary accused of conflict of interest

A legislative councillor has accused former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie of a conflict of interest over her links to the case of fugitive Oriental Daily News co-founder Ma Sik-chun, Apple Daily reported Wednesday. 

Legislative Councillor Lee Cheuk-yan accused Leung of “using the deferred benefits of her government position for the benefit of Ma and the Oriental Press Group”.

Ma fled to Taiwan in 1978 after being charged with drug offenses. Seven years later, on Leung’s last working day as justice secretary, the Department of Justice sent Ma’s lawyers a letter informing them that the department no longer had enough evidence to prosecute him. 

Retired senior civil servants in Hong Kong are required to get government permission before they take up any outside employment during a control period. Leung joined the same law firm that provided legal services to the Oriental Press Group in December 2006, just two months after her one-year control period expired, the report said.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]



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