ICAC drops probe into Leung Chun-ying's illegal structures
Graft buster says not enough evidence to pursue claim he misled on illegal structures
Graft busters have dropped a probe into Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's allegedly false statement about his unauthorised structures, a local activist revealed yesterday.
Avery Ng Man-yuen, vice-chairman of the League of Social Democrats, wrote on his Facebook page that he was "informed by the [Independent Commission Against Corruption] that they have closed the investigation on Leung … citing a lack of evidence".
In June, Ng said he made a statement to the ICAC days after the Buildings Department announced it had found six illegal structures at his home. He was told the graft buster had launched an investigation into allegations Leung had made a false or misleading statement about his illegal structures.
Ng and pan-democratic lawmakers accused Leung of making false claims before and during his election campaign.
Months before announcing his bid for chief executive, Leung had denied having illegal structures and, during a televised election forum, he attacked rival Henry Tang Ying-yen for having unauthorised structures at his residence.
Lawmakers Albert Ho Chun-yan and "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung lodged a legal challenge that was ended by the Court of Final Appeal last month.
When asked about the call from the ICAC, Ng said he was disappointed. "It was hard to accept … but I did not have much expectation of the ICAC, because it is accountable to the [chief executive], after all.
"And, even though it is not investigating, the public will have their judgment, and the lawmakers are also seeking to impeach Leung, so CY has to [bear] the consequence in one way or another."
A spokesman for the ICAC declined to confirm whether it had ended the investigation.
Lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the pro-government Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said it was right to end the probe. "We should not doubt the reason why [the investigation has ended]. The ICAC is a fair and independent body," he said.