CY 'wolf hunt' begins as Dem funding drive reaches target

Local | Phoenix Un 17 Apr 2018

The "wolf-hunting" crowd-funding scheme targeting former chief executive Leung Chun-ying has reached its HK$2 million goal in just seven days.

The Democratic Party has announced the start of the first phase of its project - hiring British lawyers and liaising with British and Australian parliament members.

The party started the campaign last Monday to raise funds for further investigation of Leung's receipt of HK$50 million from Australian firm UGL.

It also alleged that Leung may have committed at least two crimes: a corrupt transaction with agents under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and misfeasance in public office under common law.

The fund-raising campaign reached the target of HK$2 million at 1am yesterday.

Legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, one of the movers of the campaign, said he did not expect to take such a short time to reach the goal, which showed that "Hongkongers' will for truth never dies."

"Leung issued legal letters to us, threatening that we could be jailed for defamation, and that only pushed more citizens to support us," Lam said.

Leung issued the letters to the four founders - Lam, another legislator Andrew Wan Siu-kin, former legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan and barrister Senia Ng Sze-nok - after they launch the fund-raiser.

The party would use the money to obtain important evidence and legal advice and pass them to law enforcement bodies, so that they could make fair and just decisions, Lam said.

Ng said they would spend the money on six tasks in the next six months, including hiring lawyers in Britain to apply for documents from the courts there.

"Leung's legal letter mentioned a court case in UK, thus we would like to go through the documents," she said.

Other efforts to be funded include hiring local lawyers for any possible involvement of Leung in any corruption cases, hiring Australian lawyers for legal advice about any crimes Leung may have committed there, and liaising with British and Australian parliament members.

The Democrats would also contacted law enforcement bodies, including the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Department of Justice and Britain's National Crime Agency and its counterpart in Australia.

Wan said the campaign would need to spend a lot of money on pursuing the case against Leung and encouraged a continuation of the funding.

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