Hong Kong’s Legislative council has rejected a proposed amendment to the territory’s Prevention of Bribery Ordinance that would have extended the anti-corruption law to cover the territory’s chief executive, Hong Kong Free Press reported. The amendment would have made it a criminal offense for the chief executive to solicit or accept any advantage without permission from a statutory independent committee. The rejection, led by pro-Beijing legislators, comes as former chief executive Donald Tsang stands trial for misconduct. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam denied any connection to the HK$50 million payment current Chief Executive CY Leung received from Australian firm UGL in 2011.
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