The principal of a prestigious kindergarten in Hong Kong went on trial on Monday on charges of taking bribes from a student’s mother who wanted her two-year-old boy to get special treatment, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.
Gabriel Li Ling-sau, 44, principal of Victoria (Harbour Green) Kindergarten, was accused of accepting luxury goods as gifts between 2011 and 2013 from the 39-year-old mother surnamed Wong. The gifts included a Moiselle jacket and a Bally scarf worth as much as HK$6,600 (US$851), according to the prosecutor.
Aside from taking expensive gifts, Li was also accused of asking the school’s staff to hold a birthday party for him, change his shirts and help him take his medication.
The mother, who was also charged in the case, allegedly tried to bribe three teachers with Bally and Salvatore Ferragamo purses worth about HK$2,000 each.
The prosecutor said Li told the teachers to accept the gifts and keep silent, but they decided to return them to the mother.
Li and the mother were charged with a total of seven offenses, including bribery, offering bribes and inciting others to take bribes. Both denied the charges.
The kindergarten, which is located at Tai Kok Tsui, is one of the 17 schools run by the Victoria Educational Organization.
It is famous because some of the city’s tycoons and celebrities have enrolled their children or grandchildren there, including billionaires Li Ka-shing and Joseph Lau Luen-hung, the report said.
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