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Crime in Hong Kong

Veteran Hong Kong prosecutor Vincent Wong charged with indecent assault, justice department says

  • Legal sources say his service in the division spans more than 20 years
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 November, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 November, 2018, 7:00am

A veteran Hong Kong prosecutor has been charged with four counts of indecent assault, the Department of Justice said on Friday.

In an unusual move, the department confirmed the man’s identity: senior public prosecutor Vincent Wong Wing-sum. The police force, however, which brought the charges, did not give any names.

Wong was arrested in June after female colleagues in his department filed a report alleging improper conduct.

“After investigating and seeking legal advice, police have decided to charge the man with four counts of indecent assault,” a statement from the force said.

He will appear at Eastern Court on November 14.

Wong was responsible for advising on High Court First Instance cases, and legal sources told the Post his service in the prosecution division spanned more than 20 years.

The last High Court case he handled was in mid-May for a sentencing hearing on drug trafficking.

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It was understood that after his arrest in June, Wong was asked to take an extended leave from work.

A department spokeswoman said it would not comment on individual cases and cited ongoing court procedures. But she noted that in general any civil servant suspected of inappropriate conduct or criminal offences could be suspended.

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The department added that the government did not tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace, and that it had established procedures to investigate and follow up on complaints to ensure that such complaints would be dealt with confidentially as well as “seriously, objectively and promptly”.

Under Hong Kong law, the offence is punishable by up to two years in jail if heard by magistrate courts and by up to seven years if the case is referred to the District Court.