Ex-assistant manager of urban authority charged
The ICAC yesterday charged a former assistant manager of the Urban Renewal Authority with bribery and fraud in relation to compensation over five URA redevelopment projects from 2002 to April this year.
Sinon Chan Ling-wai, 41, was arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in April after he was alleged to have leaked confidential information to a company director over URA projects and defrauded the authority of about $200,000 in redevelopment compensation.
It was alleged that Mr Chan's actions had caused the director, or other people, to rent rooms or shops in redevelopment areas, and apply for compensation during the land resumption process. The charges further accuse Mr Chan of inducing the URA to grant higher cash compensation than entitled.
He was released on bail pending his appearance in North Kowloon Court tomorrow on one charge of conspiracy to accept an advantage and four of conspiracy to defraud.
Suspected car thief held after police chase
Police arrested a suspected car thief, recovered a stolen car and seized a paper bag containing four machetes and four balaclavas after a brief chase in Sheung Shui. Officers found two men acting suspiciously beside a car outside a construction site in Kam Tsin Road at 2.30am. When they approached the men, the pair fled on foot. One man, 34, was arrested when he twisted an ankle. The other man escaped.
Customs seize 28 tonnes of smuggled poultry
Customs officers arrested a driver and seized 28.6 tonnes of smuggled frozen poultry and goose offal in his Hong Kong-bound truck at the Man Kam To border checkpoint.
The haul, worth about $630,000, was discovered when the truck was inspected at 8pm on Monday. Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officers declared the consignment unfit for consumption. Customs officers earlier arrested another truck driver, 44, after seizing $6.7 million worth of taxable cigarettes.
101 women arrested in vice raid in Mongkok
Police and immigration officers arrested 101 women in their latest anti-vice operation in Mongkok. Of those arrested, 97 were from the mainland - two of them in Hong Kong illegally - and four were Thai. Police said the eight-hour operation ended at 2am. Last night, the women, aged between 16 and 42, were being held by the Immigration Department.
One ticket won the $18,575,390 first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 27, 29, 30, 39, 40 and 42. The extra number was 47. Six tickets each won the second prize of $367,250. Third prize paid $29,825.