Former head of H.K. anticorruption agency questioned for overspending

Kyodo

The former head of Hong Kong’s anticorruption agency attended an inquiry Saturday by legislators over alleged lavish spending and misuse of public money.

Timothy Tong, the former commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, allegedly overspent on business meals and gifts, treating mainland Chinese officials while in office.

He said he will take responsibility if found guilty. “If the inquiry found (Timothy) Tong Hin-ming is wrong, I have to admit it and take responsibility for it. If the inquiry could clarify some facts and truths, I would of course gladly accept,” Tong said after attending the Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee inquiry.

“The single most important thing is to protect Hong Kong’s anticorruption practice,” Tong told reporters.

The commission’s investigation has shown that Tong gave 137 gifts worth more than 200,000 Hong Kong dollars ($26,000) to mainland prosecutors and officials during his five-year tenure, which ended last year.