Former chief executive Leung Chun-ying has said he will ask his lawyers in the UK to look into suing pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting. He also said he may use crowdfunding to raise funds for the potential lawsuit.
Over the weekend, Leung posted on Facebook multiple times criticising Democratic Party lawmakers Lam and Andrew Wan, who were in the UK following up on their investigation into Leung’s UGL payment controversy. The lawmakers went to the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and said the agency requested more information.
But Leung revealed that the NCA did not open an investigation into him. “The alleged offences took place in Hong Kong with no offences committed in the UK and as such are not a matter for the NCA,” the NCA said in a response to local media.
The UGL controversy surrounds Leung’s receipt of a non-compete and non-poach payment of HK$50 million from the Australian firm UGL after it acquired UK-listed firm DTZ. Leung was DTZ’s director before he ran for chief executive, and he received the payments in 2012 and 2013 during his tenure as Hong Kong’s leader.
The Democratic Party launched the crowdfunded “Wolf-Hunting Action” campaign in April to investigate Leung for alleged misconduct and conflict of interest. Leung has denied any wrongdoing.
Leung said Lam has been making accusations that the UGL payment was a secret deal and it should be investigated by the UK, but the NCA decision “slapped Lam Cheuk-ting and others in the face.”
Leung said the deal with UGL – which was drafted by lawyers and witnessed by others – was made public four years ago: “Would I find lawyers to draft such an agreement if there were corruption and bribes involved?”
He said the UK has no reason to favour his version of events after Lam brought the matter to the international level. “If this deal was problematic, was it possible that I, UGL and others were not charged criminally or in a civil way? This is common sense.”
Leung said he would ask his lawyers in the UK to look into suing Lam for “malice” or for other reasons.
“These people used other people’s money to harass and harm me, I would not rule out using other people’s money to seek justice from Lam Cheuk-ting and his associates, as well as those backing them – it is equal and fair,” Leung said.
“I have many other things to do, but Hong Kong society cannot rot under these so-called democrats,” he added.