Paying a high price
The heavy penalties faced by civil servants accused of bribery were spelt out by People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip at the Legco Q & A session. He cited the following three cases:
An assistant inspector at the Water Supplies Department was jailed for 36 months in 2005 on a collusion charge for accepting a mooncake voucher worth HK$2,000 from two plumbers.
A Leisure and Cultural Services Department worker was ordered to do 70 hours of community service after being found guilty in 2010 of breaching the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance by accepting a HK$500 loan from a tennis coach.
A police officer was jailed for 15 months in 2001 after accepting free accommodation worth about HK$20,000 in Macau from a person under police investigation.