The Democratic Party has handed its investigation of alleged sexual harassment involving legislator Kam Nai-wai over to a respected human rights group. Human Rights Monitor will set up a three- to five-member panel to investigate allegations that Kam sacked his assistant, Kimmie Wong, after she rejected his advances. This emerged yesterday, amid doubts whether Wong would take part in the inquiry because she is unwilling to have details disclosed. The party leadership is bracing for a stormy meeting of its central committee tonight. The meeting will formally authorise the launch of the inquiry and Kam, who will attend, is expected to be questioned by several colleagues who have called for him to resign. Wong was keeping a low profile, as she had since the scandal broke on Sunday, although party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said he had talked to her last night about taking part in the investigation. Human Rights Monitor director Law Yuk-kai said that if Wong would not come forward, it would be almost impossible to complete the inquiry. 'The inquiry will benefit her as well, as it will finally put this whole saga to an end,' he said, adding that the group had already tried to contact her through an intermediary. Ho said he had briefed Wong on the procedure and told her certain details of the case would be published in the investigation report. He dismissed allegations by some party members that the leadership was trying to cover up the facts, saying they were bound to keep silent under an agreement with Wong. 'The complainant has repeatedly requested us not to publicise the details of her complaint. She has ... thanked me for not talking,' Ho said. Kam, who initially issued a blanket denial, admitted publicly on Tuesday that he had told Wong that he 'had feelings for her' in June, before sacking her on September 24 following months of conflict. Law said people with a legal background and knowledge of gender issues would be on the panel. 'We have many of these people as members already, but we will not restrict ourselves, we will look for the most suitable candidates. They do not have to be members,' he said. The group was established in 1995 as an independent, non-partisan organisation to promote human rights protection. Amongst its founding members are former lawmaker Christine Loh Kung-wai, former Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes SC and University of Hong Kong law faculty dean Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun SC. 'The right candidates should have good public standing and no political affiliations so that the public can have confidence in the final report,' Law said. He urged all parties involved to co-operate, since it would be near-impossible for the inquiry to complete its task if the individuals were unwilling to offer information. He acknowledged that Wong might be hesitant and group members wanted to meet her first to take all her concerns into account. Should the inquiry to go ahead, he said it would be inevitable that the final report publicised some of the basic facts of the circumstances, but would not disclose personal details. The group would conduct the inquiry on a volunteer basis but may request funding from the Democratic Party if it needed to hire interpreters or translators, Law said.