Former chief secretary Rafael Hui received a secret payment of HK$8.5 million (US$1.1 million) from two business tycoons shortly before he became Hong Kong’s No. 2 man, the High Court heard Thursday.
Prosecutor David Perry QC told the court the payment came from co-defendants Thomas and Raymond Kwok, co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties, four days before Hui was appointed chief secretary in 2005, Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK reported.
Hui, 66, also failed to disclose more than HK$11 million in payment made to him when he was an unofficial member of the Executive Council between July 1, 2007 and January 20, 2009.
He faces eight charges related to bribery and misconduct in public office.
The prosecutor read a letter then-chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen wrote to Hui as he was stepping down from the council. In it, Tsang expressed gratitude for Hui’s “wise” and “sound” advice on a number of controversial issues such as constitutional development and the West Kowloon cultural project.
“What the chief executive did not know was that during Hui’s time as a member of the Executive Council, he received millions of dollars in secret payments,” Perry told the court.
“Public servants should not serve themselves. They should serve the public; [it's] not about self-interest.”
The trial continues.
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