Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po and his wife sent e-mails accusing their daughter’s twin schoolmates of cheating in exams, a court jury was told on Thursday.
The twins and their father, Carl Lu, who is a board member of Chinese International School, are suing Chan and his wife for defamation, according to Ming Pao Daily.
The plaintiffs said that in late 2011, Chan, who was then a lawmaker, and his wife sent five e-mails to the former chairman of the school’s parent-teacher association saying that they heard about the cheating act but the Lu twins got away with it because of Lu’s position on the school board.
Robert Whitehead, for the plaintiffs, said the e-mails were sent by Chan’s wife in the name of the couple and were copied to Chan’s e-mail in the Legislative Council. He said the e-mails were no different from “assassination of reputation”.
Chan said the e-mails were sent on the sole decision of his wife.
But Whitehead countered that even if the e-mails were not sent by Chan himself, there are reasons to believe that he agreed with his wife’s doing so and his identity as legislator at that time was strong enough to sabotage Lu and his twins’ reputation.
Whitehead said Chan’s wife mentioned in the e-mails that her husband is a legislator, proving that she tried to use it to exert influence.
The 15-day trial continues today.
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