Former Executive Council member Barry Cheung Chun-yuen has been sentenced to a six-week jail term for failing to pay an employee’s wages.
Cheung, however, was allowed to post bail pending an appeal of the sentence, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Friday.
Kowloon City Court Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han berated Cheung, founder and chairman of the now-defunct Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, for his lack of priority, noting that he failed to pay an employee HK$340,000 in salary, although he was able to rent a flat for HK$160,000 a month.
Cheung had pleaded guilty to the offense.
The magistrate refused his lawyer’s plea that Cheung be ordered to do community service instead of a jail term, saying that he did not show genuine remorse.
However, she cut the jail term to six weeks, instead of eight weeks, in view of his satisfactory background and not having any previous criminal record.
Cheung was ordered to post a bail of HK$5,000, hand in his travel documents and stay in Hong Kong.
He has been declared bankrupt by the high court with debts of more than HK$100 million.
Translation by Vey Wong
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