Bribery cases set to take dramatic turn

Local | Phoebe Ng 19 Apr 2017

Real-life cases of bribery in Hong Kong will be played out in a TV drama series scheduled for release in 2019 by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, as a sequel to ICAC Investigators 2016, which aired on TVB.

Raymond Ng Kwok-ming, the ICAC's director of community relations, said at least half of the stories will be based on cases the agency cracked over the years.

He said the main theme of the series has not been decided yet and cases under appeal cannot be included.

Recent landmark corruption cases involved top officials including former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam- kuen, former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and tycoons, but most are awaiting appeal so cannot be featured in the drama.

"There are many sensitive details which cannot be disclosed," said ICAC head of operations Ricky Yau Shu- chun.

Chatting over a luncheon, Yau also spoke about a production in China he has just been following - In the Name of People. The series about China's anti-corruption campaign has gripped millions of viewers across the mainland.

"I learnt more about how the mainland anti-corruption bureau and supreme people's procuratorate coordinate from watching the first chapter," Yau said.

Yau has cooperated with mainland authorities for more than 20 years through the Mutual Case Assistance Scheme set up in 1990 between the Guangdong Provincial People's Protectorate and the ICAC for mutual support in corruption cases.

The two sides would assist each other in arranging witnesses to be interviewed or checking public records. And in April 2000, the Supreme People's Procuratorate became the main point of contact with the ICAC for cases involving provinces other than Guangdong.

ICAC commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu said he is also a fan of the mainland series, which is sprinkled with juicy cases involving foreign mistresses, SWAT operations and wads of cash stuffed in beds and walls.

The ICAC's stories may not be as saucy but Peh said Hong Kong has been rated one of the least corrupt cities in the world. "There is little tolerance for corruption, and government integrity is buttressed by a high degree of transparency," he said.

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