The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency, confirmed on Wednesday that it has arrested 12 people, including three police officers, for suspected bribery involving nightclubs.
In the arrests which took place Tuesday, the police officers were accused of tipping off two nightclubs about impending enforcement actions against the facilities and offering assistance in liquor license applications.
According to Apple Daily, the policemen in the dock are Ng Wai-hon, a superintendent at the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau (OCTB) of the Hong Kong Island Regional Crime Headquarters police unit, senior inspector Chan Ka-kin and constable Chung Man-ho.
The trio was alleged to have accepted bribes from operators of nightclubs and triad members as rewards for tipping them off on police raids.
The other nine arrestees were two night club operators, three staff members of the nightclubs and four other individuals, taken into custody in a police operation codenamed “Mercury”.
During the operation Tuesday, the ICAC deployed about 100 officers to enter some offices in Wanchai, the homes of the three policemen and on nightclub raids, taking away large amounts of evidence.
A spokesperson said the anti-graft body had opened an investigation after receiving a complaint. All the 12 arrested remain under detention at the ICAC headquarters.
A police spokesperson, meanwhile, said the force has zero tolerance for crime within their units, and that no leniency will be exercised.
The ICAC’s previous such action against a police officer took place over five years ago, when a commanding officer named Wong Kwun-ho was arrested after accepting bribes from a restaurant.
In another case, a member of the OCTB, chief superintendent Sin Kam-wah, was arrested in 2001 for misconduct.
The officer was accused of receiving sex and free service at nightclubs as a reward for tipping off the clubs ahead of raids.
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