Government prosecutors are set to begin making their case Thursday against a former senior Hong Kong official and two business tycoons accused of corruption, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
Hong Kong’s most high-profile graft trial got going again after a second jury was impanelled Wednesday. A previous jury was dismissed last week after a juror was excused for health and work reasons.
Even then, Wednesday’s jury selection took longer than expected as some potential jurors tried to evade service, prompting Justice Andew Macrae to instruct non-selected candidates to report this morning to ensure the trial will proceed.
The jury of three men and six women will determine whether or not former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui and Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok are guilty of corruption.
Hui, 66, faces eight counts of bribery and misconduct in public office. Thomas Kwok, 62, faces one charge of conspiracy to offer an advantage to Hui and two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Raymond Kwok, 61, faces four counts, including giving false information.
Also facing graft charges are Sun Hung Kai executive director Thomas Chan and former Hong Kong stock exchange official Francis Kwan.
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