Two police officers are facing charges of misconduct for allegedly leaking information on a murder case in exchange for money, news website hk01.com reports.
Sergeant Yip Kwok-leung, 50, from the Kowloon City District Office, and Constable Li Yuen-fook, 47, from the Tin Shui Wai District Office, were found to have accessed files of the case without justifiable reason from Oct. 8, 2014 to June 7, 2015, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said.
The information was said to have been relayed to the owner of an engineering firm, surnamed Hung, who was also charged with aiding and abetting misconduct by public duty officers.
The case is set to commence trial on Thursday at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts, with the three accused currently on bail, Sing Tao Daily reported.
According to the ICAC, the two police officers were fully aware that Hung would disclose the information to a suspect in the murder case.
The two even discussed between themselves the evidence in the case in order to make suggestions on how the suspect should respond during the police investigation.
The case was about a fight between two gangs inside an underground bar at Katherine Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui on Oct. 5, 2014.
One man died from stab wounds in the incident, and two others were injured.
Two suspects surnamed Wong and Tang, both 22 years old, were arrested in Lok Ma Chau after the incident.
Eventually, only Tang was prosecuted, and the prosecution dropped the case in January last year after considering the evidence.
According to police sources, the two officers have been suspended from their duties.
Police have refused to comment on the case, saying it was now under judicial consideration.
They stressed the police force has zero tolerance for corruption.
According to government records, Constable Li was awarded the Long Service Medal in July 2007. At the time he was a senior constable.
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