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15 December 2017
Rafael Hui led an 'immodest and luxurious lifestyle' and repeatedly hid conflict of interest, according to the prosecution in its closing arguments. Photo: HKEJ
Rafael Hui led an 'immodest and luxurious lifestyle' and repeatedly hid conflict of interest, according to the prosecution in its closing arguments. Photo: HKEJ

Hui graft trial: Prosecution fires closing salvo

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui was described as a man who lived beyond his means and the co-defendants in his corruption trial as “cheats” during closing arguments by the prosecution Wednesday.

Lead prosecutor David Perry outlined how money was indirectly transferred to Hui by his co-defendants which their testimonies could not explain, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.

Hui is facing graft charges, along with Sun Hung Kai Properties (00016.HK) co-chairmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok and two other defendants, in Hong Kong’s biggest corruption trial.

“All defendants, including Rafael Hui, Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and Thomas Chan Kui Yuen, have testimonies that could not explain why indirect means were used for remittances,” Perry said. 

The only explanation is the money, worth HK$21.98 million (US$2.84 million), was a bribe, he said.

Perry said Hui led an “immodest and luxurious lifestyle” and has concealed conflict of interest since 2005.

He accused the defendants of trying to cheat the court by using estranged Kwok brother Walter as a scapegoat.

The trial is expected to close by Nov. 26.

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