A Public Security Police Force Traffic Department Deputy Sergeant is suspected of receiving bribes from a VIP gaming room owner in exchange for confidential information, the local corruption watchdog revealed.
The Commission Against Corruption today revealed to have received a report earlier claiming that the CPSP deputy sergeant in question had leaked information about the police to a gaming room owner, who offered accommodation in luxury hotel suites to the deputy sergeant and his wife in return.
“Following an investigation, the CCAC found that the deputy sergeant was very close to some persons associated with VIP gaming rooms and visited the VIP gaming rooms many times in violation of law. During the visits, he allegedly leaked information about the police to the owner and received advantages such as money and free hotel accommodation in return,” the CCAC stated.
After an investigation was carried out a large quantity of cash as well as some communication equipment and documents were seized at the home of the deputy sergeant, with mobile phones, documents and computers related to the case also seized.
The case has been transferred to the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) for follow-up with a Court of Criminal Instruction judge approving that coercive measures would be adopted against the aforesaid persons, including the provision of guarantee and periodic presentation.
The deputy sergeant is suspected of committing abuse of power and passive bribery to perform illicit acts, while the VIP gaming room owner was suspected of committing active bribery, crimes punishable with prison sentences ranging from one to 8 years.
Last year Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak revealed that since 2014 some 17 police officers have been detained and investigated for illegal access to information, three PJ officers and 14 Public Security Police Force officers.