ICAC probe into 'Shanghai Boy' dinner called off

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am

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Graft-busters have called off an investigation into a pre-election dinner involving aides to the chief executive-elect and a controversial businessman known as 'Shanghai Boy', one of those who attended the dinner said last night.

The dinner at a Lau Fau Shan seafood restaurant, weeks ahead of the March election, became infamous and led to questions about whether Leung Chun-ying and his team were engaging in 'black gold politics', or collusion with triads.

The dinner was billed as an ordinary meeting between members of the rural affairs body the Heung Yee Kuk and Leung supporters, including Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, now head of the Office of the Chief Executive-elect.

But the mysterious presence of businessman Kwok Wing-hung, nicknamed 'Shanghai Boy', made the dinner a hot political issue.

Lew Mon-hung, a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference member who attended the dinner, said a principal investigator from the Independent Commission Against Corruption had called him to notify him of the termination of its investigation into the controversy.

He was told that no participant in the dinner had breached any law.

The ICAC last night said it would not comment on individual cases.

Lew said: '[The dinner] was a very normal affair, in which there was neither 'black' nor 'gold'.'

He said he had not suffered any stress from the investigation,although it had affected his daughter in her search for a job.

Law, who was director of Leung's election campaign, said the ICAC's decision proved the innocence of the campaign team.

'From the very beginning, I never thought I had done anything wrong,' she told the South China Morning Post. 'We were attending an event upon an invitation. How did we know who would also be there?'

Law earlier took the unusual step of turning up at the offices of the ICAC - of which she was once commissioner - to volunteer as a witness to explain what had happened.