Elsie Leung Oi-sie cited a South China Morning Post report on Sally Aw's statement to the ICAC as one of the reasons why she made public her reasons for non-prosecution. She said a transcript of the June 4, 1997 interview had been 'most regrettably and irresponsibly' leaked. That meant the evidence said to support her role in the conspiracy had become public. Miss Leung gave two other reasons for departing from a long-adopted policy in Hong Kong, England and elsewhere in common-law jurisdictions, of not giving details of prosecution decisions: The allegation of bad faith on her part had to be answered. The allegation that the decision was based upon improper considerations may have had unfortunate ramifications; it is said that it has shaken confidence in our legal system both in Hong Kong and internationally. Miss Leung said that these twin concerns were not well-founded. 'It is with a heavy heart, therefore, that I feel obliged on this occasion to depart from a policy which has served the interests of justice in Hong Kong so well over the years. 'In so departing, I must emphasise that I am not setting a precedent for the future. 'Unless circumstances which are truly exceptional can be shown to exist, detailed reasons will not be given in future in other cases.' Instead, the criteria applicable - whether there was sufficient evidence to prosecute and whether it was in the public interest to prosecute - would be disclosed. 'I have gone further, by far, in disclosing my position than did any attorney-general in colonial times, and possibly further than any law officer has ever gone in England. 'My reasons may be criticised. I may, alternatively, also be criticised for having revealed so much. 'I have to say that I find distasteful in the extreme the parading in public of questions of guilt and innocence as these are matters for a court of law,' Miss Leung said. Describing the policy as both good and just, and rooted in fairness to the suspect, she dismissed suggestions that the policy was designed to suit the Secretary for Justice. Miss Leung said that in view of some relaxations in England in the policy of not disclosing in detail the reasons for prosecution decisions, her department was considering a review.