Date
14 December 2017
Jimmy Lai arrives at the headquarters of Hong Kong's anti-graft agency on Wednesday (R). The picture on the left shows Lai speaking to reporters before leaving the ICAC building. Photos: Now TV
Jimmy Lai arrives at the headquarters of Hong Kong's anti-graft agency on Wednesday (R). The picture on the left shows Lai speaking to reporters before leaving the ICAC building. Photos: Now TV

Jimmy Lai visits ICAC headquarters

Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying visited the headquarters of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Wednesday afternoon.

Lai, the founder of Next Media Ltd. (00282.HK) and a prominent donor to Hong Kong’s democratic camp, declined to comment when asked whether he was called in by the anti-graft investigators or if he turned up on his own, according to RTHK.

The report, however, noted that it is quite common for individuals to visit the ICAC office for questioning during investigations.

The anti-graft agency declined to comment.

Lai, wearing a gray suit and a yellow ribbon, arrived at the ICAC headquarters at around 2:30 pm. He declined to speak to reporters who had surrounded his car. After stepping out of the car, the tycoon entered the building along with lawyer.

Later, while leaving the building, Lai told reporters that he will continue to fight for true democracy and support people who share the same view.

Late last month, ICAC officials raided Lai’s home, and also searched the homes of Lai’s assistant Mark Simon and that of Labour Party legislator Lee Cheuk-yan.

The raids came after revelations that Lai donated millions of dollars to several pan-democrats. Some lawmakers had come under fire for not disclosing the donations to the legislature.

In a stock-exchange filing Wednesday evening, Next Media confirmed that Lai visited the ICAC office earlier in the day. It said it has not been requested by the anti-graft agency to provide any assistance.

The company added that the issue won’t have any impact on its business operations.

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