Hong Kong: Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying admits intervening in probe into HK$50 million payment

Author(s): Tony Cheung, Ernest Kao | Date: May 16, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.scmp.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/YfLEJk | Type: Text

Hong Kong’s leader on Tuesday denied any wrongdoing as he admitted his behind-the-scenes intervention in a legislative investigation into his past business dealings, landing himself in a new political storm less than two months before he steps down.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying confirmed that he had “made suggestions about the scope” of the investigation to pro-establishment lawmaker Holden Chow Ho-ding, vice-chairman of the Legislative Council select committee probing the payment of HK$50 million to Leung by an Australian engineering firm.
Pan-democratic lawmakers filed fresh complaints with the official graft buster, demanding a corruption investigation and warning that the legislature’s independence was under threat.