Two policemen were acquitted of bribery yesterday after the prosecution decided not to offer further evidence against them. The move came after Judge David Gill threw out their alleged confessions on Friday. He said the Independent Commission Against Corruption had tricked them into admitting guilt and their rights as suspects were violated in an undercover operation. Inspector Lam Tat-ming, 44, had denied three charges of accepting an advantage and one of soliciting an advantage. Sergeant Ng Sai-hing, 42, had denied one charge of accepting an advantage. The District Court judge also granted costs to the defence after an application by barristers Cheng Huan SC, and James Chandler. The defence estimated the proceedings would cost the public up to $5 million. Prosecutor Michael Delaney had said the two officers received $500,000 in bribes from informer and triad member 'Ngau Wing' in 1992 and 1993 to protect a decorating business. 'Ngau Wing' reported the matter to the ICAC in October 1994 and agreed to meet the defendants under 'specific instructions' from the ICAC, the court heard. Mr Delaney said the prosecution would appeal against the judge's ruling on the admissibility of the confessions as evidence.