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Buildings chief denies cover-up over CE's illegal structures

Au says facts were not hidden about illegal structures at chief executive's houses

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 6:25pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 7:37pm
 

The Buildings Department chief has denied speculation that staff members hid key facts from the public about an investigation into illegal structures at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s houses on The Peak.

Director of Buildings Au Choi-kai said on Thursday, “the accusations are very unfair to our colleagues. I strongly state that these are not true.”

“These included accusations that they offered protection to the property’s owner during the investigation, and that they stopped the probe due to pressure from senior management.”

Au said his front-line officers in charge of the case had never even been pressured by senior officials to stop investigating Leung’s property, much less given in to such pressure.

The department did not acknowledge until Monday that its officers had found a suspicious looking wall at one of Leung’s houses during an inspection on June 26. The brick wall sealed off a house extension that may be illegal.

The wall was first mentioned by Leung last Friday in his statement explaining illegal structures at his home.

Media reports have suggested the department stopped the investigation due to pressure from senior government officials, and covered up the facts about the wall to protect Leung.

Au, commenting on the investigation for the first time, said these accusations were groundless and untrue.

Inspectors decided that the brick wall at Leung’s property posed no apparent safety risk, Au said. Therefore the department decided to ask the owner for further information about it instead of immediately ordering demolition.

As for why the department had not acknowledged seeing the brick wall before Monday, Au said it was departmental procedure not to disclose details of an ongoing investigation.

The department said on Monday that it had sent four letters to Leung asking for more information about the wall. But Leung ignored all the requests, saying a legal challenge to his election victory launched by lawmakers in July, prevented him from working with the department.

 

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caractacus
Not quite an entire illegal basement floor for a sauna and wine collection.
What's the point of all this?
All the honest people I know i.e. not the rotten rich tycoons and their cronies, was supremely relieved that Henry Tang was not elected. So let them man get on with the job instead of diverting him from it with childish spoiling tactics which will not succeed in removing him from office.
The Chief Executive needs help ridding our administrative and governmental system of the cowardly, insidious, influence ridden favouritism which saw incompetents appointed for their personal loyalty.
Massive corruption crept in at the top under the last regime. The first task is to advise and urge this regime to clean out the crooks and govern for all the people.
the sun also rises
whether there has been any protection offered to hide the illegal structures built at C.Y.Leung's Peak home due to pressure from the top level, only director of Buildings Dept.and God knows.Of course,C,Y.himself wells knows the actual truth which concerns all his illegal structures built before or after his purchase of the houses 13 years ago. Anyway,up till now,proper explanations of all these illegal strtuctures have not been given publicly and any public hearings or queries of them have not been carried out.How can we trust this SAR administration led by C.Y.whose integrity might be greatly tarnished for his lies after lies to cover-up the whole incident which maybe out of greed or a moral issue at first. Right ?
 
 
 
 
 

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