Man guilty of false allegation to ICAC

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2007, 12:00am

An unemployed man was found guilty yesterday in Eastern Court of making a false corruption report to an anti-graft officer against two customs officers.

Hung Chi-kwan, 36, was convicted of one count of making a false report to an Independent Commission Against Corruption officer.

Magistrate William Ng Kui-po adjourned the case until November 26 for sentence, pending psychiatric and psychological reports. Hung remains in custody.

The court heard Hung rang an ICAC officer on June 1 last year and claimed he had information of interest to the commission. Hung called the officer again 45 minutes later, alleging he had been intercepted and searched by two customs officers at the Lo Wu checkpoint when he returned to the mainland. He also claimed he was interrogated about cigarettes found on him on which duty had not been paid. He alleged he paid HK$1,500 to one officer, who then let him go.

Hung was interviewed by ICAC officers but investigations found the border officers had never solicited or accepted money from Hung.

Anyone knowingly giving false information or making a false report to the ICAC faces penalties of up to HK$20,000 and one year in jail.