ICAC investigates Carrie Lam over Palace Museum architect

March 23, 2017 13:41
The ICAC is investigating accusations Carrie Lam (inset top) transferred benefits by appointing architect Rocco Yim (inset bottom) without an open tender for the Palace Museum project. Photos: HKEJ, Xinhua

Hong Kong's anti-graft agency has opened an investigation into former chief secretary Carrie Lam's handling of the Palace Museum Project, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing legislator Claudia Mo.

Mo said she filed a complaint with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in January, accusing Lam of transferring benefits by appointing architect Rocco Yim without an open tender.

Lam is running for Hong Kong chief executive in Sunday's election.

A spokesman said the ICAC does not comment on individual cases.

Lam’s election office refused to comment, saying the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority had already responded previously to inquiries.

Former ICAC investigator and legislator Lam Cheuk-ting said Lam’s eligibility to be elected chief executive would not be affected as long as she is not convicted of any crime.

Mo posted on her Facebook page a quote from Maria Tam, a deputy to the National People's Congress, saying that a chief executive seeking a second term “should not be under any ICAC investigation”.

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