Suspended sentence for assisting team leader to accept bribes over Third Runway Project construction jobs
A former construction worker of a sub-contractor of the Third Runway Project of the Hong Kong International Airport (Third Runway Project), charged by the ICAC, was today (January 11) sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for assisting a site team leader to accept illegal rebates totalling $10,200 from three other workers over their employment. Two co-defendants were earlier jailed for six months and two months respectively.
Law Chun-yik, 37, then construction worker of MLife Engineering Limited (MEL), was among six charged by the ICAC for bribery in assisting construction workers to secure employment at the Third Runway Project.
In sentencing at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts, Magistrate Mr Peter Yu Chun-cheung said a suspended sentence was imposed on Law having considered his guilty plea and useful assistance rendered to the prosecution, and the fact that he was not the main culprit of the case.
Law earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy for agent to accept advantages, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and Section 159A of the Crimes Ordinance.
At the material time, MEL was a sub-contractor of the Third Runway Project responsible for recruiting construction workers to conduct various works. Recruitment was conducted mainly through referrals by construction workers. Law and other construction workers, including Lin Weiwu, were led by a site team leader Hui Kwai-tuen to perform carpentry works at the project’s construction site.
The court heard that in late 2020 and early 2021, Law introduced three other construction workers to work at the project’s construction site at a daily wage of $1,600. Law told the trio that they were required to pay $200 per working day as a rebate to Hui.
Between January and May 2021, the trio had paid illegal rebates totalling $10,200 through Law or directly to Hui as they believed that they would not have been employed by MEL or would be terminated by Hui if they did not pay the rebates.
Law earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy for agent to accept advantages and rendered assistance to the prosecution. Co-defendants Hui and Lin subsequently pleaded guilty to their charges and were respectively jailed for six months and two months.
The investigation arose from corruption complaints filed with the ICAC. Following enforcement actions taken by the Commission last year, the aforesaid three defendants and three other then site team leaders were charged with a total of 13 counts of bribery in three cases in October 2021.
Another then site team leader in another case also received a two months’ jail term after pleading guilty to his charges while his co-accused was offered no evidence against his charge. The remaining then site team leader in a third case will face trial in February for allegedly accepting illegal rebates totalling about $40,000 from four construction workers.
The Airport Authority Hong Kong, the relevant main contractor SAPR JV and MEL had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the cases. ICAC enquiries are continuing and further arrests and prosecutions may be made.
The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Danny Chan.