An anti-graft officer accused of inducing and threatening a suspect to confess and co-operate with the Independent Commission Against Corruption admitted putting pressure on the suspect to tell the truth, the District Court heard yesterday. Lau Wai-tim, 38, assistant investigator in the ICAC operations department, denied he misled Hung Hin-shun into making a confession, saying he treated him as a witness when interviewing him with another officer at his Fanling home on October 14, 1999. Lau has pleaded not guilty to charges of intending to pervert the course of justice and another charge of perjury. When asked by barrister Paul Loughran, Lau said he told Mr Hung during the interview that if he told lies, he would be in trouble. 'If he told lies, it would have complicated the case because it was my job to find out the truth. Although I gave him some pressure at that point, I did not think there was any problem,' Lau said. The trial continues before Deputy Judge Andrew Ma Hon-cheung.