Construction boss jailed for giving cakes as bribes

March 7th, 2009 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Hong Kong, March 7 (DPA) A construction company boss in Hong Kong Saturday began a two-month jail term for trying to bribe a policeman with boxes of traditional Chinese moon cakes.
Chin Tat-yung, 37, handed 15 boxes of the cakes - usually given to children as a treat for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival - to a police officer inspecting road works his company was carrying out.

The police officer, who was responsible for approving the road works, gave them to his senior inspector who contacted Chin and returned the cakes, a court was told Friday.

Chin admitted one charge of bribery at the hearing in Hong Kong’s Tseun Wan court and was jailed for two months. The offence took place in September 2007, 11 days before the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Magistrate John Glass rejected Chin’s claim that he offered the moon cakes as a Chinese custom for the upcoming festival rather than as a bribe.

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