Policeman to face court over restaurant graft claims

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 June, 2012, 12:00am


Police superintendent Titus Wong Koon-ho will appear in court on Monday after being arrested by anti-corruption officers again yesterday. He is accused of getting cheap meals at a restaurant and turning a blind eye to it serving alcohol without a liquor licence.

The allegation comes seven months after Wong was arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption(ICAC) on suspicion of corruption; he was freed unconditionally when he refused bail.

Wong, 50, is charged with misconduct in public office between June and August 2011, when he was the Wan Chai divisional commander and vested with the power to make recommendations on liquor applications.

He is said to have accepted discounts on food and drinks from the two directors of the unnamed Causeway Bay restaurant and failing to inform his supervisors.

An ICAC statement said: 'The defendant is alleged to have failed to take action to stop or prevent the unlawful selling of liquor at the restaurant when he knew that liquor was sold at the restaurant without a licence.

'The defendant is also alleged to have failed to raise objections to the liquor licence application submitted by one of the directors of the restaurant when he knew that alcohol had been supplied at the restaurant without any valid liquor licence issued by the Liquor Licensing Board.'

Wong was arrested yesterday at the ICAC headquarters in North Point.

He was then charged and released on bail.

The anti-corruption commission said the police had rendered full assistance during the investigation.

Last night, a police spokeswoman said Wong had been suspended from duty.

Three months after his first arrest, he was transferred to oversee the 999 call centre on Hong Kong Island.