10 May '11, 4am

18 arrested in Hong Kong milk bribery case

18 arrested in Hong Kong milk bribery case

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's graft watchdog said it has arrested 18 people who ran a milk powder bribery syndicate, as the city struggled with shortages linked to a tainted milk scare in mainland China. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said late on Monday that it had detained 15 suspects in recent days as part of operation "Sunshine", in addition to three others arrested last month. The suspects included six staff at an unnamed supermarket chain and four traders, with the latter accused of offering bribes in exchange for information on the availability of milk powder at the grocery stores, the agency said. The supermarket employees also helped the traders buy milk powder in bulk quantities, the ICAC said, adding that it seized over 1,000 cans of powder during the operation. The South China Morning Post reported that the employees worked at ParknShop, one of H...

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