The former director of the Home Affairs Bureau, Patrick Ho, was suspected of representing a foundation and bribed African heads of state. He was arrested in New York in November 2017 and has been in the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center for nearly six months. On May 2, local time in New York (early on the morning of May 3, Hong Kong time), the Southern District Federal Court in New York opened Ho's third bail application. Katherine Forrest, the presiding judge, has not ruled yet, saying that the defense hasn't submitted enough substantial evidence to guarantee that He Zhiping will not abscond and he will be required to wait until two weeks before the trial. Then the defense must submit more evidence.