Representatives of the Democratic Party staged a protest outside the Government Headquarters on Sunday, demanding that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying disclose if he was involved in the termination of Rebecca Li Bo-lan as deputy commissioner and head of operations of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan, the party’s former chairman, said they have learned from “very reliable” sources from within the ICAC that Leung did not respond to the anti-graft body’s request for information relating to his receipt of HK$50 million from Australian engineering firm UGL over the acquisition of Leung’s real estate firm.
It was understood that Li was in charge of the investigations on Leung’s UGL case and the recent termination of her appointment as deputy commissioner has raised speculation that it had something to do with the probe.
The Office of the Chief Executive did not comment on the accusations but said it would cooperate with the investigation when required.
It also said it would not take part in or make comments on the appointment of any officials at the ICAC.
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said both the Department of Justice and the ICAC would carry out their work in a fair and just manner and would not be affected by the social status of the persons involved in any cases.
Yuen said he could not disclose details of individual cases but he understands public concern about the incident.
The Democratic Party said it is worried that the top-level reshuffle at the ICAC could deter senior executives from pursuing the case impartially.
Leung has not responded on the matter when he took part in a beach-cleaning activity on Sunday.
Li reportedly tendered her resignation last week after she was stripped off her appointment as deputy commissioner.
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