Former chief secretary Rafael Hui received millions in four secret payments in exchange for being the “eyes and ears” of business tycoons Thomas and Raymond Kwok, his co-accused in Hong Kong’s biggest corruption trial, prosecutors said Friday.
The money was part of HK$28 million in bribes Hui secretly received from the co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties in the five years to 2009, the High Court heard.
Prosecutor David Perry QC said that in the two months before Hui was appointed Hong Kong chief secretary in June 2005, the Kwok brothers bribed him HK$17.63 million (US$2.27 million) in four secret payments in exchange for being their lookout in the government.
About HK$4.7 million was paid just five hours before Hui was sworn in as Hong Kong’s No. 2 man, newspaper AM730 reported Friday.
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.
The money was paid through accounts controlled by the Kwok brothers and two other co-defendants — Sun Hung Kai director Thomas Chan and Francis Kwan, a former executive of the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Some of the defendants are very good friends and clearly trusted each other to keep the payments secret, Perry was quoted as saying.
When Hui was managing director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority from 2000 to 2003, he accepted rent-free accommodation in luxury flats owned Sun Hung Kai Properties in Leighton Hill and Happy Valley in exchange for approving lease renewal for its offices in One International Financial Centre, the report said, citing Perry.
Perry will continue presenting his case.
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