The opposition camp is using the Independent Commission Against Corruption as a tool for political persecution, Andrew Fung Wai-kwong, Information Coordinator for the Office of the Chief Executive, wrote in a column in am730 on Friday.
“Whenever there is negative news on pro-establishment figures or government officials,” Fung wrote, “the opposition herd towards the ICAC along with the media… deliberately hammering the ‘crimes’ of these establishment figures in front of the media in order to destroy their names.”
Fung added that the opposition’s actions amounted to political smearing, and that they were completely disinterested in whether those they have reported to the ICAC have actually committed a crime on not.
He gave the example of former Executive Council member Franklin Lam Fan-keung who he claimed was a victim of political persecution.
Lam was charged with misconduct in public office and for offering illicit advantages for allegedly using insider information to sell two flats ahead of new housing stamp duties. Lam resigned in 2013, despite the Department of Justice dropping the charges due to lack of evidence.
The ICAC has a duty to maintain confidentiality on cases under investigation. Fung said this allowed the opposition to create a fuss in front of the media, “the opposition is sentencing suspects without trial, I suspect that they are deliberately using the ICAC as a political tool.”