Jump to navigation Communist Party membership ‘protected HSBC executive’ from sexual assault claim The claims are contained in a dossier compiled for the foreign affairs select committee’s questioning of HSBC executives this week By Ben Gartside and Lucy Burton 23 January 2021 • 9:30pm MPs investigating HSBC’s relationship with China have been passed allegations that a Chinese executive accused of sexual assault was protected by his status as a senior Communist Party official. The claims are contained in a dossier compiled for the foreign affairs select committee in preparation for a hearing this week. Noel Quinn, HSBC chief, and Colin Bell, compliance head, will be hauled in front of MPs to answer questions about the lender’s decision to freeze some pro-democracy activists’ bank accounts in Hong Kong amid a crackdown by Beijing. […] MPs have been told that a former employee working in Shanghai reported instances of sexual assault to the bank in 2014 but was later sacked for “incompetent work”. […] The decision by MPs to finally grill the bank comes days after Mr Quinn wrote to pro-democracy politician Ted Hui explaining that HSBC was forced to freeze his accounts following an order from Hong Kong police.
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