League of Social Democrats lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung has been arrested. One month ahead of the nomination period for the Legislative Council elections in September, he is being charged by graft-busters over a HK$250,000 payment he received from Next Media founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying.
In a statement, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said Leung, 60, is charged with one count of misconduct in public office, and will appear at the Eastern Court at 9.30am on Friday. The prosecution will apply to transfer the case to the District Court for plea, it reads.
It is unclear if it will affect Leung’s plan to seek re-election.
ICAC revealed that the charge alleged that on May 22, 2012, Leung had received a payment of HK$250,000 from Lai through his assistant, Mark Simon. But the lawmaker allegedly failed to declare the amount or disclose it to Legco.
The city’s graft watchdog said Leung’s case arose from a corruption complaint, and the lawmaker was arrested, and released on bail on Thursday.