China | Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker charged with corruption ahead of polls

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker charged with corruption ahead of polls

June 23, 2016 1:46 AM (UTC+8)

 

‘Long Hair’ Leung held for allegedly receiving $32,000 from Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai

(From AFP)

A veteran pro-democracy lawmaker was charged Thursday by Hong Kong’s corruption bureau over a payment from one of the city’s best-known anti-China media tycoons, in a case he described as a political move.

Veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (L), marches with a symbolic coffin representing the death of democracy during a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong
Veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (L), marches with a symbolic coffin representing the death of democracy during a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong

Leung Kwok-hung — known locally as “Long Hair” — is a prominent activist from the League of Social Democrats. He was arrested and charged with one count of misconduct in public office by the city’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

He is accused of receiving HK$250,000 ($32,000) “in relation to his public office” from the founder of Apple Daily newspaper Jimmy Lai. The paper is highly critical of Beijing.

Leung told AFP his arrest had “political meaning” just months before the city holds parliamentary elections. Read More

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