I don't remember, Jimmy Lai tells Legco panel probing donations

July 03, 2015 13:59
Jimmy Lai attends a closed-door hearing of the Legislative Council committee on members' interests on Thursday. Photos: HKEJ, Metro Daily

Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying testified for less than 20 minutes on Thursday in a closed-door hearing of the Legislative Council concerning his purported donations to several pan-democrat lawmakers.

It is understood that Lai answered "I don't remember" to most of the questions of the Legco committee on members' interests, Ming Pao Daily reported on Friday.

The panel is trying to find out if any wrongdoing was involved in the donations to two lawmakers, Labor Party leader Lee Cheuk-yan and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, who did not declare the amounts to Legco.

Both Lee and Leung also attended the hearing.

Lai refused to answer reporters' questions about what he told the panel during the hearing.

As to whether he will be called again to testify before the panel, Lai said it is possible and he will attend as he has nothing to worry about.

Lee, who also declined to say what he told the hearing, reiterated that he had only accepted Lai’s donations on behalf of his party and not as a lawmaker, and as such he did not violate the rules on the declaration of interests set for Legco members.

The panel has not set any timeframe for the investigation, Lee said.

Committee chairman Ip Kwok-him said the investigation may take as long as a year to be completed, adding that the panel did not discuss whether it will call more witnesses.

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