HONG KONG—One in every of Hong Kong’s most outstanding singers has been charged with corruption for a efficiency he gave at a 2018 rally to assist a pro-democracy candidate, the newest in a string of allegations introduced by the town’s antigraft watchdog in opposition to pro-democracy figures.
Anthony Wong Yiu-ming, 59 years previous, an outspoken critic of the town’s authorities, was arrested Monday morning and later launched on bail.
The Unbiased Fee In opposition to Corruption stated on Monday that Mr. Wong sang two songs at a rally for pro-democracy candidate Au Nok-shin, who was working for a seat on the Legislative Council, or LegCo, the town’s prime lawmaking physique. Mr. Wong engaged in corrupt conduct by offering leisure to induce one other particular person to vote for Mr. Au, who has additionally been charged, the company stated.
Hong Kong’s elections ordinance bans the conduct of offering refreshments or leisure to favor a candidate, however up to now prices have been uncommon. If convicted, an individual may face imprisonment as much as seven years on prime of a advantageous as a lot as $64,000, the ordinance says.
Mr. Wong declined to remark.