Hong Kong’s Leung Appoints Former Anti-Graft Head to Office

Hong Kong Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying appointed the former commissioner of the city’s anti-corruption body to head his office.

Fanny Law, who was also previously the city’s secretary for education and manpower, will be “responsible for the overall supervision of the office and liaison with political groups and different sectors of the community,” the government said in a statement. She will head the office until June 30, it said.

Leung, a former property surveyor who will begin his five- year term on July 1, has pledged to narrow the city’s income gap and preserve the city’s freedom. He also needs to polish the government’s tarnished image as the anti-corruption bureau conducts investigations into Rafael Hui Si-yan, a former No. 2 official, and Donald Tsang, the current chief executive.

Law entered government employment in 1975 and was permanent secretary for education and manpower from 2002 to 2006. She was appointed the commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in October, 2006, and resigned in June, 2007, after an inquiry found she interfered with academic freedom in her previous position.

The commission of inquiry was set up to investigate the allegation that from 2002 to 2005, Law requested Paul Morris, resident of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, to fire four academics after they published stories in local media criticizing Hong Kong’s education policy. Law denied the allegation.

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