Legislators demand ICAC probe into 16-year residence on site zoned for warehouse The government has a prima facie case to sue architect and rural leader Daniel Heung Cheuk-kei for breach of contract over his use of government land in a Sha Tin village, the director of lands said. Patrick Lau Lai-chiu told legislators the Lands Department had sought external legal advice and was still waiting for a reply from the Department of Justice. He refused to disclose how much in damages the government might claim from Mr Heung, a cousin of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who used land in Kwun Yam Shan, designated for a warehouse, as his home for 16 years. Mr Lau was speaking yesterday at a meeting of the Legislative Council's panel on planning, lands and works, at which legislators called for the case to be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption. 'The government has a prima facie case for damages for breach of contract against Mr Heung,' Mr Lau said. '[But the] success of a legal action is subject to whether the breaches will come up to proof by way of evidence.' Mr Heung gave up the land, designated for a warehouse, last month. He had begun living there in 1983, after converting a warehouse on the site, and moved out in 1999, but it remained a residence. At the height of the scandal last month he quit as head of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education. Mr Lau said the chief executive was neither involved in approving Mr Heung's tenancy nor aware of the issue. Mr Tsang was Sha Tin district officer from 1982 to 1984 and later visited Mr Heung at the site while he was living there. 'Was the chief executive aware? From all the files I have gone through, I did not see any evidence Mr Tsang was involved; he did not give any instructions and no file [on this case] was ever sent to him.' Legislators demanded that Mr Lau refer the case to the Independent Commission against Corruption as there were many irregularities and it had passed through many lands officials, who had all accepted Mr Heung's explanations and approved his applications. 'There are many questionable points. I strongly urge you to pass the case to the ICAC,' independent legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip said. The department earlier disclosed that Mr Heung had received eight warnings over his use of the building, which he turned into a two-storey villa.