A friend of former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan transferred up to HK$3 million (US$387,000) to a number of women on the mainland on behalf of Hui and did not question the transfers because he did not believe Hui would do anything illegal, a Hong Kong court was told yesterday.
Raymond Chin Yuet-ming, who had known Hui for more than 20 years, told the Court of First Instance that Hui asked him to transfer a total of HK$3 million to a few female friends between 2009 and 2010. Chin later met those women in Hong Kong with Hui, the report said.
According to Sing Tao Daily, Chin testified that he would cash cheques from Hui and remit the money through agents to women in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Chin is also a business partner of defendant Francis Kwan Hung-sang, a former Hong Kong stock exchange official.
Chin also testified that Hui lent HK$2.5 million interest-free to Chin’s business with Kwan between 2007 and 2008, HKEJ reported. The loan was not recorded and is yet to be repaid, the report said.
Hui received a salary of more than HK$1.25 million when he was an unofficial member of the Executive Council between 2008 and 2009.
The trial will resume on Wednesday.
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