HK's first Chinese top cop dies aged 80

Central Station | 24 Jan 2017

Hong Kong's first local police commissioner Li Kwan-ha died yesterday at the age of 80 after losing consciousness at home.

Li was the first ethnic Chinese to serve as Hong Kong's top cop.

Born in 1937, Li attended Queen Elizabeth School and joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1957.

He was promoted to superintendent in 1969.

He became commissioner of police in December 1989, succeeding Raymon Anning, who retired.

Li retired in 1994 and joined Cheung Kong Holdings as a security consultant from 1995 until 2001.

In 1990, Li intervened in the kidnapping incident of Li Ka-shing's son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, and Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, by notorious gangster Cheung Chi-keung, also known as "Big Spender."

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