China / Hong Kong

Former Director of Transport sentenced to 13-year imprisonment for bribery

The former Director of the Transport department of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment and fined 4 million RMB (approximately USD 563,000) for taking bribes.The Intermediate People's Court of Guyuan found that Zhou took advantage of his position and took bribes 65 times, totalling over 17.2 million RMB (approximately 2.43 million US dollars). All bribes were seized and will be confiscated.

Ex-official jailed for misconduct in public office over applications by aircraft services companies

On 12 September 2019, the former Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Labour (EDLB), Wilson Fung Wing-yip, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment at the District Court for misconduct in public office over applications by aircraft services companies.

Last month, Mr Fung was found guilty of misconduct in public office, but acquitted of bribery charges, for his involvement in a transaction involving the receipt of HKD$510,000 from Macau businesswoman Cheyenne Chan Ung-iok during his tenure with the EDLB. Mr Fung and Ms Chan had been involved in an extramarital affair at the time.

Although Mr Fung and Ms Chan were acquitted of bribery charges, the District Court found that Mr Fung was guilty of failing to disclose the conflict of interest.

Freelance agent jailed for two years for offering HK$4.5 million illegal commission 

On 24 September 2019, a freelance agent ("Agent') was sentenced to two years' imprisonment at the District Court for offering illegal commissions of over HK$4.5 million to a former manager of a toy manufacturer to secure business. He was also ordered to pay $55,000 as restitution to the toy manufacturer, Fotorama (Hong Kong) Limited ("Fotorama"). 

The Agent faced three counts of offering advantages to an agent, contrary to section 9(2)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201). He pleaded guilty to all three charges. 

The former manager of Fotorama had told the Agent that he would order from a printing company, at which the Agent took up a freelance position, if he received an 8% commission for each order placed. The Agent agreed and passed along the message to the printing company, which agreed to pay a commission of 12% (with 4% given to the Agent as his share). 

During the course of January 2012 and March 2015, the Agent paid the commissions which amounted to more than HK$4.5 million.

UN and China sign a memorandum of understanding to crack down on corruption

The UN and the National Commission of Supervision of the People's Republic of China (PRCentered into an agreement on 17 October 2019, which aims to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the PRC under the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The major areas covered by the UNCAC include prevention of corruption, criminal justice responses to corruption offences, law enforcement cooperation and stolen asset recovery.

More frequent discussion between the anti-bribery authorities of PRC and other UNCAC States parties is envisioned after a communication platform is established under the agreement. Active involvement of the PRC in joint training, capacity building programmes and projects by the World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) is also anticipated. On UNODC's side, it will provide legislative and technical support for the PRC to fully implement the UNCAC.

Former senior political advisor of Henan Province sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for bribery 

Jin Suidong, the former Vice Chairman of the Henan Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for taking bribes worth 44 million yuan. He was also fined 4 million yuan and had his illegal assets confiscated. 

The Intermediate People’s Court of Jinan found that Jin took advantage of his positions from 1999 to 2018, when he acted as the mayor and Party secretary of Henan's Anyang City. In return for the bribes accepted, he offered favours to certain institutions relating to real estate projects and offered employment opportunities for certain individuals.

Chinese anti-graft agency published six cases on gang-related corruption 

On 9 October 2019, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China's highest anti-graft agency, and the National Supervisory Commission disclosed six cases on gang-related corruption. 

It is alleged that former senior officials of the Liaoning, Zhejiang, Hunan, Jiangsu, Guangdong and Henan provinces took advantage of their positions to shelter gangs, obtain illicit gains from the gangsters and participated in gang-related crimes. They were also found to have interfered with the judiciary for their offences.  

China and Kazakhstan sign a memorandum of understanding in fight against corruption  China and Kazakhstan have reached an agreement to strengthen cooperation in combating corruption under the Belt and Road Initiative.  The agreement was reached during a visit by the deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and head of the National Supervisory Commission to Kazakhstan from 10 to 12 October 2019. Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan Party has expressed willingness to have more frequent exchanges with China on anti-bribery experience and governance.

Former head of securities regulator removed after probe by Chinese anti-graft agency 

Liu Shiyu, the former head of China Securities Regulatory Commission, was removed from the position after an investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China's anti-corruption watchdog. 

The watchdog stated in a public statement that Liu severely violated political discipline and political rules by exploiting his position to seek personal gains and receive bribes.