Date
18 August 2017
Leung Kwok-hung says he received a HK$500,000 donation from Jimmy Lai which was used for party expenses, not for his personal use. Photo: HKEJ
Leung Kwok-hung says he received a HK$500,000 donation from Jimmy Lai which was used for party expenses, not for his personal use. Photo: HKEJ

Lawmakers sorry for mess over Lai donation

Two pan-democrat lawmakers have apologized to their supporters for their handling of donations from Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai on behalf of their political parties, RTHK reported Friday.

They denied any wrongdoing.

League of Social Democrats lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung said he accepted HK$500,000 from Lai which was used for party expenses, not for his personal use. 

And Labour Party leader Lee Cheuk-yan said he transferred a similar donation from Lai to his party from his personal account.

Lee received as much as HK$1.5 million from Lai, according to reports.

Leung and Lee were among five pan-democrats accused of not declaring political donations from Lai. They were criticized for double standard in demanding transparency and disclosure from their rivals.

Leung said the criticism is justified but insisted the law does not require lawmakers to declare donations transferred to their personal accounts from their political parties.

He dismissed media reports that he received another donation from Lai in June.

He said a HK$500,000 donation he received in October was used to pay legal fees for several court cases involving party members. The money is in the lawyers’ custody.

Leung said he has not accepted any donation for himself and promised to deal with similar issues more “cautiously”.

Lee said the money he received from Lai was intended for a social enterprise and he had held it for safekeeping until its bank account was ready.

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