A : No. Inability to provide full information while lodging a complaint does not mean that you are making a false accusation. False accusation implies that a person knowingly makes a false statement or accusation to the ICAC, who then may breach the ICAC Ordinance.
A : If the defendant pleads guilty or the court accepts the complainant's written statement as evidence, the complainant is not required to testify in court. But when the defendant denies having committed the offence and the complainant's evidence can help the court establish the truth, the court may require the complainant to testify.
A : The identity of complainant will be treated in strict confidence. Only case officers or the designated officers are allowed to gain access to the information on a "need-to-know" basis.
A : Under normal circumstances, the ICAC will contact the complainant of pursuable report for interview within 48 hours. If the report is not corruption-related, the ICAC will contact the complainant within two working days to obtain consent for referring the report to an appropriate authority. Please click Investigation Procedures to learn more.
A : The "Victims' Charter" stipulates that the ICAC will notify the complainant as well as the prescribed persons about the investigation outcome no matter the investigation results in any prosecution or caution, or leads to the submission of investigation information to the Operations Review Committee for consideration of follow-up actions.
A : No. Any person, including the complainant, who discloses details of investigation or the identity of the subject person to other people without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, shall be guilty of an offence under Section 30 of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance. For more details, please refer to the Text of the Law.
A : Reports that are not corruption-related and with no allegation of criminal offence will be referred to the appropriate authority with the complainant's consent while reports alleging criminal offences will be referred to the Police or other law enforcement agencies.
A : If further information is required, the ICAC will contact the complainant. The complainant can also contact the responsible officer of the case directly to enquire about the investigation progress or to provide further information.
A : The ICAC will consider the nature of the report, rather than the manner in which it was made, when deciding whether to take follow-up action. If you make the report in person, you can give a more detailed and clear account of the case to the duty officer and that will improve the chance of the case being followed up or investigated.
A : Complainants do not need to make a statement personally to the ICAC after lodging a complaint on the phone. However, it is helpful if complainants leave any personal information that could help the follow-up investigation. If necessary, the ICAC will invite the complainant to the ICAC office or a place convenient to him for a statement to be taken by an ICAC officer.
A : To keep the identity of the complainant confidential and to prevent leaking details that will affect the subsequent investigation, the complainant should meet the duty officer alone to ensure the content of the report is kept confidential.
A : The ICAC will consider the content and nature of the complaint when deciding whether it should take up the case or refer it to other government departments. The complainant will be informed of the decision.