身兼大律师的公民党议员郭荣铿，也向《苹果日报》表示，戴德梁行前主席Tim Melville Ross，以及当时接管的安永会计师行，都不知道UGL和梁振英之间的协议，梁振英有《防止贿赂条例》第9条之嫌，廉政公署可介入调查。
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Does CY Leung’s Explosive Scandal Signal His Downfall?
While the umbrella revolution continues, Hong Kong chief
executive Leung Chun-ying’s scandal involving a huge bonus
fee has exploded like a bombshell.
Australian media’s report on Leung’s secret contract with an
Australian company reveals that he pocketed $6.4 million
in 2011 after he announced to run for chief executive.
This news has come at a sensitive time when Leung is being
asked to step down following Hong Kong police
using tear gas against the student movement.
On Oct. 8, Fairfax Media’s report, “Hong Kong chief executive
CY Leung faces questions over secret [AU]$7 million payout
from Australian firm”, revealed a secret contract between
Leung and Australian engineering firm UGL.
The report says that in 2011, UGL acquired property services
firm DTZ Holdings, where Leung was the Asia Pacific director.
The report says: “The arrangement is outlined in a secret
contract dated December 2, 2011, before he was elected
chief executive, in which Australian engineering company
UGL agreed to pay the Beijing-backed politician £4 million.
The payments were made in two instalments,
in 2012 and 2013, after he became Hong Kong’s top official.”
These payments were made in return for promoting UGL
and DTZ’s Asian business ambitions.
Sin Chung-kai, Hong Kong Legislative Council member:
“Simply put, he has violated good faith practice as a director,
violated the provisions of Basic Law
and the provisions of declaration of the Executive Council.
We will ask the Legislative Council to authorize a committee
under the law of a privilege to investigate this case.”
The Chief Executive’s Office defended for Leung,
including Leung’s spokesman and lawyer.
Leung’s spokesman Michael Yu told BBC that Leung
announced his resignation from DTZ on Nov. 24.
Leung’s spokesman in a statement,
“According to an agreement between UGL (which was at that
time acquiring DTZ) and Mr Leung on the conclusion of his
employment with DTZ, UGL undertook to make payments
to him over two years and to underwrite for DTZ the payment
of outstanding agreed bonus.”
Yu also added: “Both the resignation from DTZ
and conclusion of the agreement with UGL took place before
Mr Leung was elected as the chief executive.
There is no requirement under our current systems of
declaration for Mr Leung to declare the above.”
However, according to Article 47 of Basic Law, “The Chief
Executive, on assuming office, shall declare his or her assets
to the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region. This declaration shall
be put on record.”
Sin Chung-kai: “Basic Law requires declaration of his [Leung’s]
assets to the Chief Justice.
The amounts receivable are also part of the assets.
We will start impeachment proceedings according
to the Basic Law.
We believe that there is sufficient prima facie
evidence to initiate impeachment proceedings.”
In addition, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reported DTZ was sold
to UGL at a price of $122 million in 2011.
UGL is now selling DTZ to U.S. private equity firm TPG,
for the amount of $1.15 billion.
Leung is suspected to sacrifice DTZ assets as a member of its
board of directors.
Sin Chung-kai: “He didn’t report his assets to the then
government for one, and he sold his own company cheaply.
He has breached the trust of a director to protect the interests
of shareholders of the company.
He could be faced with two questions.
First is his the credibility as a director of the the company,
the second is the money, which is in the contract,
but can also play [the role of] a kickback.”
This news of Leung not declaring assets of about $6.4 million
from UGL has caused uproar in Hong Kong’s political circles.
But even more interesting is that the timing of the news
comes following increasing demands for Leung
to step down as dissatisfaction against him grows.
Apple Daily quoted politicians’ observation that the scandal
may become the golden opportunity for Leung Chun-ying
to step down.
He will be subject to investigation not just in Hong Kong
but also by overseas law enforcement agencies.
The Fairfax report says, “DTZ’s administrators, Ernst & Young,
and its chairman at the time of its sale to UGL,
Tim Melville Ross, said they were not aware of the Hong Kong
politician’s agreement with the Australian company.”
Leung is thus suspected of violating section 9 of Prevention
of Bribery Ordinance, which is under the jurisdiction
of the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption).
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