Hong Kong’s antigraft agency arrested three police officers on suspicion of cooperating with a triad informer to set up the arrests of drug dealers, Apple Daily reported Friday.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) detained the three officers from the Tuen Mun District special duties squad Wednesday.
A video clip, believed to be taken in November using a spy camera in glasses worn by the informer, was made public toward the end of last year.
In the clip, which the informer posted on the internet and sent to the police and the ICAC, the three police officers and the informer were seen discussing in a car how half a kilogram of narcotics would be placed inside a flat at Po Tin Estate in Tuen Mun.
The video showed that the three police officers planned to then arrest a person inside the flat for drug possession.
The head of the three-man team, a sergeant nicknamed Uncle Hung, was reportedly keen to make his mark in the narcotics bureau.
A rival of his in the force, a sergeant nicknamed Sa-pei, was solving cases with the regular help of an informer nicknamed Four-eyed Man, who has a background in the Sun Yee On triad and is active in drug dealing in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long.
Desperate for results, Uncle Hung approached Four-eyed Man for intelligence that would lead to successful arrests.
In return, Uncle Hung agreed to turn a blind eye to Four-eyed Man’s criminal activities, the video recording showed.
Uncle Hung and Four-eyed Man reportedly ceased to cooperate late last year after police targeted the informer’s drug business.
In revenge, Four-eyed Man released video clips of their earlier conversations.
Uncle Hung and his two subordinates were demoted or transferred to the Tai Po criminal investigation team after the police got hold of the spy recordings.
The three police officers were suspended from their duties immediately after they were arrested by the ICAC.
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