The testimony of Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official and the co-chairmen of one of its largest developers in the city’s biggest bribery trial was unconvincing, the lead prosecutor told the jury.
Summing up the case, David Perry QC questioned the credibility of ex-chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (00016.HK) joint chairmen Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and Raymond Kwok Ping-luen, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.
Thomas Kwok had tried to make his elder brother, Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, a scapegoat for his wrongdoing, while their younger brother, Raymond Kwok, was obviously part of the graft scheme, Perry said Thursday in his final address to the jury.
The company was a “weird place” where staff would hide things from the chairman — who at the relevant time was Walter Kwok — and approval from the remuneration committee of the board was not required for the distribution of bonuses, the prosecutor said.
Apart from Hui and the younger Kwoks, the defendants, all of whom pleaded not guilty, include Francis Kwan Hung-sang, a former senior manager at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. (00388.HK), and Thomas Chan Kui-yuen, an executive director of the developer.
The prosecutor portrayed Chan as trying to protect his boss, Thomas Kwok.
Perry doubted the credentials of Hui, who had received HK$15 million (US$1.92 million) a year as a consultant to the developer despite his lack of business experience or motivation to prepare reports for company meetings or engage with other staff.
The large payments to Hui, who soon afterward was appointed Hong Kong’s chief secretary, were clearly intended as a bribe, the prosecutor told the jury.
The defendants will start summing up their case on Friday.
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