Hong Kong’s former chief secretary Rafael Hui, Sung Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (SHKP, 00016.HK) co-chairmen Thomas Kwok and Raymond Kwok, and two other defendants pleaded not guilty to bribery charges at the start of their trial on Thursday, RTHK News reported.
Hui arrived at the High Court at around 9 a.m., followed by the Kwok brothers, the report said. Staff were seen carrying plastic boxes, apparently containing documents that will be submitted as evidence, into the courtroom.
More than 100 people, including media people and members of the public, have packed the court room and the lobby outside, where the proceedings were being broadcast live, the report said.
The trial is seen lasting 70 days, with the prosecution expected to call more than 80 witnesses including some former senior government officials. However, the court has yet to start the trial proper, or to assemble a jury, as lawyers were still dealing with legal issues, according to RTHK.
The five defendants, including former SHKP executive director Thomas Chan and former senior vice-president of the Hong Kong and Exchanges Clearing Ltd. (00388.HK) Francis Kwan, are charged with eight counts of misconduct in public office, providing false information and conspiracy to offer advantages to a public servant.
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