A former senior foreman of a contractor of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project is to be imprisoned for 15 months for bribery for twice offering a Macau casino token to the value of HK$50,000 (US$6,448) to an employee of an independent consultant.
The bribe was intended for conniving at supplying sub-standard materials for the project, Hong Kong’s Chinese-language media reported.
This final ruling was announced at the Tsuen Wan Magistracy in Hong Kong on Monday.
The judge has also denied bail to 43-year old defendant Lee Shu Shan pending his appeal as the case involves a major public infrastructure project.
Mr. Lee – a senior foreman with China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. – was charged by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in November last year on two counts of offering an advantage to an agent, a violation of the city’s Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
The investigation by the graft-buster revealed that Lee had twice offered a non-refundable casino token from a Macau casino to the value of HK$50,000 to an employee of Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd. in October 2013 as a reward for conniving at sub-standard materials supplied to the project.
Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong was appointed by the Highways Department to supervise the work of China Harbour Engineering.