Celebrity Hong Kong train Kris Lau receives extra time
to put together defense in bribery trial after prosecutors withdraw ‘one-size-fits-all’ rate
Lawyers protecting a celebrity English tutor accused of bribing a former marking assistant for private Hong Kong exam information were granted more time to put together their case after prosecutors withdrew a contentious fee towards the pair.
Kris Lau Koon-wah, 43, and Seraph Wong Tsz-hin, 19, a pupil who formerly labored as a marking assistant with the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, were originally accused of having access to a computer with dishonest rationale.
But prosecutors withdrew the two counts after the city’s top court docket unanimously ruled final month that the price should not follow to a defendant’s very own phone or computer
, as it might have within the gift case.
That leaves a very last charge of conspiracy for an agent to accept an advantage, alleging Wong widespread HK$1,000 (US$130) from Lau among April 17 and May thirteen, 2017, to reveal private information from the English Listening and Integrated Skills paper of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) administered via the examination authority.
But the defense recommends asked for any other adjournment to discover other approaches of handling the case and to acquire files that covered bankers’ affirmation and WhatsApp messaging logs.
West Kowloon Court Magistrate Cheung Kit-yee adjourned the case to July three.
The case came on the heels of a comparable one regarding every other A-list teach, Weslie Siao Chi-young, forty-two, in which prosecutors are seeking to update the same computer offense with conspiracy to dedicate misconduct in public office conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Both prosecutions have been previously placed on maintain following a comparable case involving four instructors accused of leaking entrance examination questions, in which the High Court determined it difficult for prosecutors to rely on the offense of acquiring access to a computer when a defendant had used their tool.
That ruling turned into unanimously upheld ultimate month through 5 Court of Final Appeal judges. Seven cellphone-related cases have since been affected, with the contentious price amended or withdrawn.
Gaming mogul Stanley Ho Hung-solar’s sister-in-law had a sad marriage when she first met the Hong Kong legitimate she is accused of bribing, the District Court heard on Tuesday.
Businesswoman Cheyenne Chan Ung-ok, 63, has denied imparting a bonus to a public servant, within the form of an HK$510,000 (US$ sixty-five,000) deposit for Wilson Fung Wing-yip’s purchase of a flat at One Robinson Place on Robinson Road inside the Mid-Levels.
Fung, fifty-five, the former deputy secretary for financial development and labor, has pleaded no longer guilty to 1 fee of a public servant accepting an advantage and any other of misconduct in public office. He is married to Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, who heads the authorities’ Policy Innovation and Coordination Office.
Chan’s suggest Selwyn Yu SC called his purchaser a housewife, loyal to her own family and submissive closer to her husband.
Yu discovered Chan “misplaced the center of her existence” while she observed her husband changed into having an affair and skilled home violence around 2002 to 2003.
“She has become very unhappy,” Yu stated.
“They used to be an intimate couple,” Ha stated. “Later they had rarely been visible collectively.”
The change delivered Chan to tears.
Prosecutors stated the defendants met in 2003 and Fung made repeated selections beneficial to Chan’s aviation businesses from September 2004 to July 2006, without disclosing their private dealings to each person.
Joseph Tse Wah-yuen SC, defending Fung, stated Chan started out investing in extra houses in 2004, displaying the courtroom purchases for Jade Garden on Robinson Road and Bowen Place on Bowen Road.
On each occasion, Chan received a reduction on the belongings agent’s fee expenses due to the fact she turned into an ordinary client.
A comparable bargain turned into supplied for the purchase of One Robinson Place, reducing the fee price from HK$102,000 to HK$51,000.
Parties do no longer dispute Chan settled the fee on September 28, 2004, the use of a cheque from her private HSBC account.
Prosecutor Maggie Wong Pui-Kei SC stated the call of the authentic purchaser became crossed out in the provisional agreement for the HK$10.2 million Mid-Levels flat and replaced by using Fung’s complete English call, with a signature beside it.
Chan’s then private secretary Maria Chui Mei-yee identified her organization’s initials beside Fung’s call inside the document.
Chui advised the courtroom she did not recognize any details of the businesswoman’s dating with Fung.
Ha, a solicitor, said he did not realize Fung till Chan told him to deal with the transaction of One Robinson Place.
“To my recollection, Ms. Chan called to say a friend needed help in managing the sale and purchase,” Ha stated.
Chan has been a director at Heli HK because of 1998, later renamed HK Express in 2004.
The trial keeps earlier than district judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong on Thursday.