High-profile lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung will appear in court on Friday morning following his arrest by graft-busters over an undeclared HK$250,000 payment from media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying. Independent Commission Against Corruption investigators arrested the League of Social Democrats legislator at his home on Thursday – four years after the money changed hands. Leung, 60, was later charged with one count of misconduct in public office and released on bail. In a statement on Thursday, the ICAC accused Leung of misconduct for “failing to declare or disclose” a HK$250,000 payment he received from Lai through Mark Simon on May 22, 2012. The charge also accuses Leung of “concealing” the acceptance of the money from the Legislative Council. The timing is sensitive, less than a month before the nomination period for September’s Legco elections starts on July 16. Leung said it was obvious he was facing political persecution for his radical activism and anti-establishment platform. “If someone wants to find fault with you, there is always something they can come up with,” he said. “The ICAC came to my home to collect evidence two years ago, but only arrested and charged me today.” Leung said the ICAC’s move would “test” his voters’ confidence in him, but he refused to confirm if he was running for re-election. In July 2014, the pan-democrats’ political enemies filed complaints with the ICAC after files among 900 leaked documents believed to have come from Simon’s computer suggested Lai had donated more than HK$10 million to parties and individuals over two years. In a separate probe last year, Legco’s Committee on Members’ Interests, made up of seven lawmakers, looked into two payments of HK$500,000 each that Leung received from Lai in 2013 and 2014. It concluded Leung had not breached rules as he only received the money as donations on behalf of his party. But the committee did not probe the 2012 payment at the centre of the ICAC’s charge, and it was unclear if the documents leaked in 2014 included evidence about the 2012 payment. Committee chairman Ip Kwok-him said the donation of HK$250,000 was “a new discovery”. Lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing, of the Federation of Trade Unions, said the controversy showed it was ineffective for a Legco committee to monitor members’ interests.