A senior public prosecutor who specialises in fighting money laundering and corruption is 'assisting'' anti-triad police in a top-level probe into the handling of evidence in a fraud trial.
Assistant director of public prosecutions Gavin Shiu was spoken to by detectives from the organised crime and triad bureau late last week.
It is understood Shiu's secretary was also interviewed, along with other department staff. No one from the department has been arrested but police seized computer material.
'No staff of the Department of Justice have been arrested. However, we can confirm that on June 7 staff of the department assisted the police in an investigation. As the investigation is ongoing, it is not appropriate for us to comment any further,' said a departmental spokeswoman.
It is understood the District Court fraud trial, which involves allegations of misuse of letters of credit, was adjourned last month because of missing evidence.
A police spokesman declined to comment, but a source close to the investigation said: 'It involves a longstanding letters-of-credit fraud case in the District Court and suggestions of improper influence. The investigators are looking at how certain files were handled. '
Shiu has more than 20 years' experience as a lawyer and joined the ranks of Hong Kong's prosecution service in 1994.
He was promoted to senior crown counsel in 1995 and to senior assistant director of public prosecutions in 2003.
His expertise as a prosecutor is in corruption and commercial crime cases, and he has extensive experience in the appeal courts.
Shiu previously headed the department's asset recovery unit, responsible for confiscating and restraining criminal assets.