The wife of former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui said she will help him apply for legal aid and appeal his conviction.
However, Teresa Lo refused to say whether she has forgiven her husband for his affairs, one of which involved a former airline stewardess whom he showered with HK$8.5 million (US$1.1 million) in eight months, Apple Daily reported Monday.
On Friday, Hui was found guilty on five counts of corruption.
At the trial, it emerged that Hui had a relationship with Shanghai-born Eline Shen, who was introduced to him during a 2005 visit to Hong Kong, the report said.
Hui handed his mobile phone number and asked her to call on her next visit, the report said.
Shen left Dragonair in 2008 and went to Shanghai Jiao Tong University to study English and finance while freelancing as a gym instructor.
The next year, she moved to New Zealand with her husband but the marriage ended in divorce.
It was only after she became Hui’s girlfriend that she found out who he was and that he had a family, Shen said.
In eight months, Shen received HK$8.5 million from Hui. She said she was surprised by Hui’s generosity but did not ask for more money.
“He had already given me a huge sum. I didn’t feel it was appropriate to take more,” Shen was quoted as saying.
Shen did not contact Hui after September 2011.
Lo said she had long given up trying to talk Hui out of his overspending.
Since her marriage to Hui, Lo said she has been financially independent.
She urged women to keep money for themselves, saying it’s “difficult to predict the future”.
Lo, 60, is a retired civil servant.
She met Hui when they were studying in the University of Hong Kong and got married in 1974. They have no children.
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