Recent ICAC Cases

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Jul 2022
Ex-operator of one-woman brothels wanted by ICAC brought to court for perversion

A former operator of one-woman brothels, who was wanted by the ICAC for conspiracy to pervert public justice by surrendering prostitutes for arrest in police raids under a tip-off arrangement, was brought to the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts today (July 26) upon his return to Hong Kong.

Chan Siu-ki, 60, was charged in June 2019 with two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, contrary to Common Law and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance. He pleaded not guilty to the charges but failed to appear at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts for trial on January 2, 2020; a warrant for his arrest was then issued.

The defendant was arrested yesterday evening (July 25) when he returned to Hong Kong from the Mainland and brought to the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts this afternoon. Principal Magistrate Ms Ada Yim Shun-yee adjourned the case to September 20 for mention and remanded the defendant in the custody of the Correctional Services Department.

The alleged offences took place between May 2016 and March 2017. At the material time, the defendant and another person operated a number of one-woman brothels in two buildings in Wan Chai, which had been under enforcement actions undertaken by a Special Duty Squad of Wan Chai District of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF).

The charges allege that Chan and the abovementioned other operator conspired together with other persons to do acts which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice. It is alleged that a pre-determined number of prostitutes would be arranged for arrest during forewarned police raids; and police investigation would only be conducted at the rooms occupied by those designated prostitutes.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, the ICAC sought legal advice from the Department of Justice, which advised charging Chan and the aforesaid other operator. The operator pleaded guilty to his charges and was eventually jailed for 15 months.

The HKPF had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Keith Lam.

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