police holds banquet at a restaurant, triad leader spotted
Next Magazine reported a recent banquet held on February 7 by top police brass, including Chief Superintendent Tse Chun Chung, John, Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen and Senior Superintendent Kong Wing Cheung, Kelvin, while alleged gangster Peter was spotted dining in the same restaurant. The police condemned the report as a “fabrication” and clarified the banquet was a private dinner and did not involve using public funds, attendants were not aware of the identity of other customers, emphasized police and triads are always in opposition.
According to Next Magazine, a banquet was held at a Chinese restaurant in Whampoa on February 7 by top police brass. It was described that only a few customers were in the restaurant at the time, while “Durian Banquet” was written outside a private room. Attendants including Chief Superintendent Tse Chun Chung, John, Chief Superintendent (PPRB) Kwok Ka-chuen and Senior Superintendent (PPRB) Kong Wing Cheung, Kelvin, who often appeared at police press conferences during the protests, were accompanied by plainclothesmen.
Meanwhile an alleged gangster Peter, a former CID officer, who had become a triad member (14K) working under famous ex-triad leader “old man” (or “lo hon” in Cantonese), current owner of a funeral home in Hung Hom, was spotted at the adjacent room.
A restaurant staff said the room was booked by the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau and refused to reveal more details. Participants cheered and hooted after several bottles of Champagne were served, while Kwok left frequently to answer phone calls without wearing a mask.
The police condemned the news is distorted and irresponsible, clarified the banquet was a private dinner among off-duty officers, the cost was shared by participants which did not involve using public funds. The police spokesperson added the attendants were not aware of the identity of other customers at the restaurant and did not communicate nor approach anyone next door.
The police reproached relevant reports intended to defame the force by implicating it was a ‘triad’ dinner, such allegations are “fabricated” and attention-seeking. ‘Police and triads are always in opposition, we have been taking all-round measures such as sting operations and proactively eliminating crime profits to repress triad activities.’, emphasized the spokesman.
Police General Orders Ch6 CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE
2. (a) Other than in the course of duty, a police officer shall not associate with:-
(i) any known criminal or triad personality;or
(ii) any person about whom the officer has been notified by the CP (ACP SQ) that association with the person is likely to bring disrepute to the officer himself and / or the Police Force.
(b) Officers are also advised that other than in the course of duty, they should not associate with persons of doubtful or undesirable reputation.