A senior executive at PCCW appeared in court yesterday to face allegations that he accepted HK$1.7 million in bribes to disclose confidential information that could help a technology company secure deals with the telecommunications giant.
Wong Tin-wah, 53, assistant vice-president of PCCW, appeared at Eastern Court to face three counts of accepting an advantage, contrary to the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
The court heard Wong had accepted the bribes from Wang Guoping of Un-sky Technology in three instalments between 2010 and 2012.
Wong received the first sum of HK$500,000 during the period between July and October 2010, and a second of HK$700,000 between February and June 2011, the court heard. He allegedly received a third payment of HK$500,000 between September 2011 and February 2012.
However, the court did not hear details yesterday about the information Wong allegedly disclosed, nor how it could affect Un-sky Technology's bidding of PCCW's contracts.
There was also no mention of whether prosecutors considered Wang, who allegedly provided the bribes, to have broken corruption laws.
Wong, whose employment status was not clear yesterday, was not required to enter a plea. Prosecutor Wong Wai-hang requested that the case be dealt with at District Court.
Principal magistrate Bina Chainrai granted Wong bail, but imposed a travel ban on the defendant and required him to surrender his travel documents.
In a statement released by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on Thursday, the anti-graft agency alleged that, at the time of the alleged bribery, Wong was a supervisor of a department responsible for PCCW's broadband network development.
The department had to purchase new equipment, which involved tendering.
The case was adjourned to August 15 at District Court, where Wong will enter a plea.