12 Arrested in Hong Kong Airport Corruption Probe

<i> Associated Press</i>

In another setback for Hong Kong’s new, multibillion-dollar airport, 12 people connected with the construction of its transportation network were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of bribery and corruption.

Two shareholders, five engineers and five employees of subcontractors are accused of using substandard materials in the building of a station on the railway to the airport, the Independent Commission Against Corruption said.

The arrests followed a string of problems that have occurred since the $20-billion Chek Lap Kok airport opened July 6, and seemed certain to increase the growing criticism of the airport management and the government.