Restaurant bosses deny licence bribe
TWO restaurant operators denied yesterday they had offered bribes to a senior health inspector in an attempt to keep their business licence.
Tsang Wing-fat, 40, and Lee Lap-ming, 39, were alleged to have conspired to offer unknown amounts of money and goods to senior health inspector Lee Hon-sun, 44, for delaying the Urban Services Department's inspection and preventing suspension of the licence.
San Po Kong Court heard that the alleged corruption took place between July 1 and September 28.
The pair pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Stephen Chow set the trial date for March 7.
The two were released on $10,000 bail each.
The health inspector, who appeared in the District Court on Tuesday, had admitted one count of conspiracy to accept $12,000 a month from a different restaurant.
The court heard he provided advance warnings of inspections and helped the restaurant avoid prosecution.
He was remanded in Independent Commission Against Corruption custody pending sentence on January 11 next year.
Five similar charges against him were left on file.