Rafael Hui will spend the next 7-1/2 years of his life behind bars but things could have been worse.
High Court Justice Andrew Macrae likely pronounced the sentence mindful of a slew of appeals from high-profile public figures and ordinary citizens seeking leniency for the former Hong Kong chief secretary.
One of them is a 26-year-old restaurant owner in Chicago.
Angie Shum, orphaned at an early age, was eight years old when Hui sponsored her as a ward in a children’s charity home, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Hui, then in charge of financial services and the treasury, would visit her with his wife at least once a week. The couple have no children.
Shum came to regard them as family, calling Hui Uncle Fat. She was under his sponsorship for two years, the report said.
In that time, Hui taught her English and helped her make the transition from primary to secondary school.
“He was very concerned if I could compete with other students for a place in a good secondary school,” Shum said.
“He gave me many reference books and novels and taught me patiently.”
Shum, who runs four Chicago restaurants as a managing partner, had not heard from — or about — Hui until she read the news of Hui’s conviction for corruption on Tuesday.
“I hope the world will forgive Uncle Fat,” she said.
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