Date
23 September 2017
Hong Kong's High Court will start a high-profile corruption trial involving a former top government official and two property tycoons.  Photo: Bloomberg
Hong Kong's High Court will start a high-profile corruption trial involving a former top government official and two property tycoons. Photo: Bloomberg

Come again? Jurors add comic relief to high-profile HK trial

Hong Kong’s most high-profile trial in years took a comic twist Monday when several jurors opted out for a host of improbable reasons.

A real estate agent cited poor English and was exempted from jury duty by the judge, a woman said she will be away on a honeymoon but another said she had made plans to travel to South Korea to see her favorite pop star.

That prompted the judge to say that the trial should be moved to South Korea, eliciting laughter inside the court room.

When another woman mentioned her upcoming honeymoon, the judge interrupted her, saying “Korea again?”

The court room banter provided a stark backdrop to the corruption trial of former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui and two Hong Kong tycoons — Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok — which is due to start Tuesday, Apple Daily reported.

Hong Kong’s jury ordinance states that residents can become a juror if they are aged 21 to 65, of good character, have a sound mind, not afflicted by blindness, deafness or other disability and has sufficient knowledge of the language of the trial.

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