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Dec 09, 2021 08:26 PM
CHINA

Hong Kong Immigration Officials Probed Over Gifts From Evergrande Director

Any officer who plans to solicit or accept a “restricted advantage” above the HK$3,000 cap has to seek special permission from the authorities.
Any officer who plans to solicit or accept a “restricted advantage” above the HK$3,000 cap has to seek special permission from the authorities.

Hong Kong authorities are investigating two senior immigration officials who allegedly received gift baskets worth more than HK$3,000 ($385) each from a director of debt-ridden property developer China Evergrande Group without government approval.

The pair have admitted receiving gifts (link in Chinese) from their “good friend” but have denied having any business links with the Evergrande director, according to a Wednesday statement from the Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID), citing “relevant” but unnamed sources. It said the officials insisted that as the value of the gifts didn’t exceed the cap stipulated in the relevant rules, they didn’t seek permission from the authorities.

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