Police Being Investigated

HONG KONG, Jan 2, 2001 — Hong Kong’s top policeman said on Tuesday an investigation had been ordered into an illegal soccer gambling ring suspected to involve police officers.

Speaking to reporters on his first day as Hong Kong’s police commissioner, Tsang Yam-pui confirmed a newspaper report that policemen were suspected of taking part in the operation of the illegal bookmaking ring.

The widely-circulated Apple Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday that some 100 officers were under investigation, but Tsang declined to say how many were thought to be involved.

The new commissioner said the case would be dealt with fairly and properly regardless of the people involved, and that the discipline within the police force remained sound.

Tsang, 54, a brother of Hong Kong Financial Secretary Donald Tsang, replaced Eddie Hui who went on pre-retirement leave starting on Tuesday.…

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Gambler Sentenced

AUSTRALIA –As reported by the (Australia) Age.com: “A problem gambler who asked an undercover policeman to kill his wife and considered taking money from her bank account to help pay the $10,000 fee was jailed yesterday for six years.

”Justice Geoff Flatman said Zhan Yu Zhong, 45, offered the policeman – who posed as a hitman – a $1000 casino chip to secure his services. That was followed later by $200 in cash.

”…Justice Flatman fixed a three-and-a-half-year minimum term for Zhong, who he said had shown naivety and some ambivalence in dealing with the undercover officers.

”…Zhong had discussed various methods for the disposal of his estranged de facto wife, Rong Maio, 35, Justice Flatman said.…

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