A top officer in the Hong Kong’s National Security Department is being investigated after he was caught during a police raid of an unlicensed massage parlor.
Sources told the South China Morning Post on Tuesday that Frederic Choi, Director of National Security, has since been on leave.
“Choi could face a disciplinary hearing as his conduct affects the force’s image and damages its reputation,” SCMP reported, quoting a source. It is unclear where or when the raid took place.
Choi is the second highest-ranking officer in the National Security Department. He joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1995 as an inspector, and has served in the force for 25 years.
Promoted to Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police in July 2020, Choi was also chosen to lead the National Security Department last year when Beijing passed the national security law in Hong Kong.
Earlier this year, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam presented the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Government/Public Service to Choi and six other current and retired officers for their “significant contributions to safeguarding national security,” according to a government press release.
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