Was top ICAC man sacked, then charged?

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 July, 2011, 12:00am

Top graft investigator Raymond Yuen left the Independent Commission Against Corruption shortly after he was arrested in late April by his own colleagues, raising questions about whether he was sacked before being charged.

The once high-flying investigator had left the commission shortly after the arrest, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday.

An ICAC spokesman would not say whether he was sacked.

The ICAC so far has said only that Yuen (pictured) was arrested 'on suspicion of breaching the law', but it has not said what offences he is suspected of committing. Insiders say it is corruption-related.

Legislator James To Kun-sun, chairman of the Legislative Council's security panel, urged the graft-buster to give a public account.

'Given that Yuen is a high-ranking officer, the general public would be concerned about it. The ICAC should have a better explanation if possible so that we do not need to make wild guesses.'

To said whether Yuen had left the commission would not affect the investigation. He said employers would usually ask suspect employees to take leave until it was proved they had done something wrong.

'In this case maybe Yuen had cleared all his leave so it came to a deadlock,' he said.

Principal investigator Yuen, who headed the commission's B group, investigating public sector corruption, was widely considered a rising star and his arrest shocked many of his colleagues.

In the government's telephone directory, Yuen's name has been replaced by Leung Tak-cheung, who is now the acting principal investigator of group B.

Meanwhile, six or seven ICAC investigators will join the Independent Police Complaints Council by the end of the year. Four officers, including former assistant director of the commission's operations department Ricky Chu Man-kin, joined the watchdog last year or this year.

A person familiar with the situation said these officers were senior investigators, investigators or assistant investigators in the ICAC, and would be joining IPCC as senior vetting officers or vetting officers, to assess complaint reports on police officers.

ICAC and IPCC spokesmen declined to comment. An ICAC spokesman said staff turnover remained steady at 5.1 per cent in the last two years but confirmed that the commission was seeking 'several tens of officers' in a recruitment drive.



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