A newspaper reporter and two police communications officers faced 40 new charges when they appeared in court yesterday in connection with an alleged bribes-for-information racket. Lau Kong-kwun, 47, a reporter for Apple Daily, is now alleged to have offered $120,000 to the officers in exchange for details of police investigations. The new allegations against him were made in 20 of the additional charges covering a period between 1997 and October 31 this year. Senior police communications officer Yeung Kai-hing, 46, faced 11 new charges and police communications officer Tsang Ping-lam, 51, nine fresh allegations for allegedly accepting $108,000 from Lau. The three men made a brief appearance at Eastern Court where the magistrate was provided with details of the additional charges. Magistrate Ian Candy adjourned the case until January 21, when it is expected to be switched to the District Court. The new allegations are in addition to four bribery charges previously laid against the defendants. Lau was accused of conspiracy to offer $8,000 a month to Yeung and $4,000 a month to Tsang. Yeung and Tsang were alleged to have accepted these sums on November 29 and in October. The three men were allowed to remain on bail for cash sums ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. They were arrested after a raid by the Independent Commission Against Corruption on the Apple Daily offices on November 29. A mass of material was seized by ICAC officers including computer disks. But the graft-busting organisation has been unable to make use of the material because of a court battle over the validity of two search warrants it obtained before the raid. On Friday, the Court of Appeal ruled the documents must remain sealed until the outcome of further proceedings.