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III. Powers of Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)

The Independent Commission Against Corruption was set up in 1974 to fight corruption through effective law enforcement, education and prevention. The ICAC functions as an independent organ of the public service and is headed by a Commissioner who is directly responsible to the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government. The general powers and duties of the ICAC are set out in the Independent Commission Against Corruption Ordinance (the ICAC Ordinance, Cap. 204) . The offences that the ICAC is empowered to investigate are those set out in the ICAC Ordinance, the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201), and the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance (Cap. 554).

  1. Under what circumstances can the ICAC officers enter a private premises and search for items inside? Must the ICAC officers obtain a warrant beforehand?
  2. Under what circumstances can the ICAC officers arrest a person? Must they obtain a warrant of arrest beforehand?
  3. What will normally happen after a person is arrested by the ICAC officers? What are his rights during detention and questioning by the ICAC officers?
  4. I suspect that someone has committed an offence involving corruption or bribery. How can I report this to the ICAC?
  5. If I was ill-treated by ICAC officers, how can I lodge a complaint against the ICAC?