Monday, 11 May 2015

Still Waiting for an Outcome

ICAC chief Simon Peh defended how the agency takes time investigating
The head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption hit back at Hong Kong's recent decline in an international corruption perception ranking, saying it had nothing to do with how long it takes the agency to investigate high-profile cases.

Commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu said this at the ICAC's sixth international symposium, where more than 500 guests from 60 countries or jurisdictions attended to exchange views on the latest graft-busting strategies and tactics.

Last year Berlin-based Transparency International placed Hong Kong 17th from 15th, scoring 74 out of 100, down one point from 2013. ICAC has received a lot of heat for taking two years or more to investigate such cases as Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po, former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying also spoke at the symposium, stressing that Hong Kong remained "one of the cleanest cities in the world".

While Peh would not comment on individual cases, he would only say graft investigations now require collaboration with overseas law enforcement agencies, and as a result took longer to complete.

The investigation into Donald Tsang is still ongoing...
Back in mid-March, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung announced Tsang's fate would be known soon, as the investigation had entered its "final phase", adding the investigation was "not as simple as one perhaps reads from newspapers".

It's now mid-May. What is Yuen's definition of soon?

What we know so far is that when Tsang was chief executive from 2005 to 2012, he allegedly agreed to a low-rent deal for a luxury Shenzhen flat with a businessman who owns a Hong Kong radio station. Tsang also allegedly accepted complimentary or cheap rides in private yachts or jets for travel to Macau and elsewhere.

Either the ICAC is slow in putting two and two together, or they have dug up even more dirt on the former chief executive which would be interesting.

At any rate, we want to know what Tsang's fate is -- we are taxpayers who deserve the truth.

So how can Peh blame us for thinking the longer we wait, the more we wonder what is going on behind the scenes?

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