Date
23 May 2017
Lam Cheuk-ting (inset) has complained to the ICAC about Leung Chun-ying (top) and to police about Chan Kam-lam (bottom, circled), seen at the dragon and lion dance festival. Photos: CNSA, HKEJ
Lam Cheuk-ting (inset) has complained to the ICAC about Leung Chun-ying (top) and to police about Chan Kam-lam (bottom, circled), seen at the dragon and lion dance festival. Photos: CNSA, HKEJ

ICAC yet to record statement on HK$50 mln payment to Leung

Graft-busters have yet to take a statement from a complainant over a payment of nearly HK$50 million to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying by Australian engineering firm UGL, Apple Daily reported Friday.

It quoted Democratic Party chief executive Lam Cheuk-ting as saying it is not standard practice for the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) not to follow up after he filed a complaint in October.

Lam, who worked at the ICAC as an investigation officer, asked whether the agency is determined to crack down on corruption among senior officials or simply wanted to avoid trouble because the chief executive is involved.

The ICAC promised to record a statement from him twice, Lam said, but failed to do so, without providing a reasonable explanation.

He said the agency eventually refused to take a statement, saying what he had to offer was hearsay evidence.

Separately, Lam made a report to the police in May last year accusing lawmaker Chan Kam-lam and other organizers of the Hong Kong Dragon and Lion Dance Festival of fraudulent use of public money, after the Audit Commission and the media revealed problems with the accounts kept by the organizers.

Chan is a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Lam said police never contacted him to take a statement.

He said he was informed on April 27 that investigations have ceased because of insufficient evidence.

Lam said he will file a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Council and will demand a public response from the police.

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