Hong Kong’s former chief secretary could not afford a lavish lifestyle without financial support from two property tycoons, his co-defendants in a corruption trial, government broadcaster RTHK reported Friday, citing prosecutors.
Rafael Hui, 66, made HK$4.6 million (US$619,137) in the year to June 2007 but withdrew HK$4.8 million cash in that time from a bank account, in addition to charging HK$2.4 million to his credit card, prosecutor David Perry QC told the High Court.
In the following year, Hui made HK$1.3 million but withdrew HK$6.98 million cash and spent HK$3.4 million on his credit card, Perry said.
In October 2005, Hui had a dinner costing HK$33,000 and bought a watch for more than HK$40,000. He also bought the best feed for his horse, the court heard.
Hui received benefits from Thomas and Raymond Kwok, co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties, in exchange for being their “inside man” in the government, Perry said.
Hui is accused of accepting HK$28.78 from the Kwok brothers between 2005 and 2007 and of living in Kwok-owned luxury apartments for free.
The trial continues.
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