Laurence Leung was forced to quit as director of immigration in July 1996. Photo: SCMP

Real reason for mysterious departure of Hong Kong’s immigration chief in 1996 finally revealed – his links with people involved in organised crime

  • Laurence Leung was forced to quit in July 1996 because of his close friendship with a man engaged in money laundering overseas, newly declassified files show
  • Police integrity check on Leung also uncovered a conflict of interest linked to cheque for HK$750,000 he received
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Laurence Leung was forced to quit as director of immigration in July 1996. Photo: SCMP
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Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung joined the Post in 2000, covering fields ranging from politics and the integration between Hong Kong and China. He became assistant editor-in-chief of Ming Pao in 2017 and returned to the Post the following year. He is author of Hong Kong’s Watershed: The 1967 riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009).