Hong Kong's much troubled police force, which came close to revolt last year over corruption probes, is to have its top ranks bolstered by an influx of senior men from the United Kingdom.
Hong Kong's much troubled police force, which came close to revolt last year over corruption probes, is to have its top ranks bolstered by an influx of senior men from the United Kingdom. And, as the Hong Kong Government announced the 11 new posts to be filled by Britons, more the British Crown Colony's policemen have been appearing in court on charges relating to graft and corruption.
SYNOPSIS: The latest of the trials of police officers alleged to have taken bribes is going on at the Tsuen Wan district court....a trial which is expected to take some four months. It involves three senior British officers and 31 Chinese members of the 17,000-strong police force, and the charges they face are that between 1970 and 1976 they were involved in a conspiracy to accept bribes and acted contrary to their public duties as police officers. One mean named as a co-conspirator in the case is not appearing in court....he is now living in Spain after admitting that he took half a million pounds sterling in bribes.
Police morale in the Crown Colony has plummeted during investigations by the A.C.C. -- the Anti-Corruption Commission, and in an effort to bolster the force's top ranks, 11 new assistants have been appointed to work with the police chief there. One is a former British Army officer, the rest are senior policemen from Britain.