ICAC arrests detective over triad extortion case

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 May, 2004, 12:00am


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A police detective sergeant was among six people arrested by the ICAC on suspicion of bribery and perverting the course of justice last night.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption said the arrests centred on bribery allegations in relation to a police probe. The case involved suspected criminal damage and extortion by triads.

The others arrested were a businessman, a decoration worker and three suspected triad members.

According to the ICAC, a shop operated by the businessman was vandalised several times and extortion was suspected. The shop is understood to be a cosmetics store in Bonham Road, Sheung Wan.

'While the matter was being investigated by the police, it was alleged that the businessman, through the decoration worker, sought assistance from the police sergeant to avoid extortion [and] further damages to the shop,' an ICAC spokesman said.

'It was alleged that the police sergeant solicited a bribe payment from the businessman as reward for his assistance.' ICAC investigators alleged the sergeant, despite knowing the case was the subject of a police investigation, approached his triad associates to try to 'settle' the matter.

The suspects were arrested after they had allegedly shared $110,000 in cash, suspected to be bribe money. Investigations are continuing into the case.