Date
15 December 2017
The marriage of Chi Ding to a mainland monk was witnessed by the parents of a Hong Kong police officer. Photos: Apple Daily, NowTV
The marriage of Chi Ding to a mainland monk was witnessed by the parents of a Hong Kong police officer. Photos: Apple Daily, NowTV

Parents of senior inspector were witnesses for nun-monk marriage

The case of the high-living Buddhist nun has taken a new twist.

It turns out the parents of a senior inspector of police served as the witnesses for the marriage between Chi Ding, abbess of Ting Wai Monastery in Tai Po, and a monk, Chi Keung, in 2006, Headline Daily reported Tuesday.

On Wednesday last week, immigration authorities arrested Chi Ding, who has been accused of marrying two mainland monks to obtain Hong Kong residency for them.

The senior inspector, Carole Leung Lai-yiu, served as a director of the monastery between November 2003 and September 2008.

Another director, solicitor Mary Jean Reimer, has alleged that Chi Ding stole donations, which had been made to the monastery, to support her lavish lifestyle and forged signatures of other board members on legal documents.

Four months after Chi Ding married Chi Keung in August 2006, the monk was nominated to sit on the monastery’s board.

He quit as a director in 2012, when he filed for a divorce with the abbess.

Chi Ding married another monk, Chi Kwong, and he, too, was nominated to the board.

He has been secretary to the board since August this year.

Reimer, who joined the board earlier this year to help raise funds for the renovation of the monastery buildings, said at a news conference on Tuesday last week that she had not called the police about Chi Ding, because she suspected a senior police officer was involved in the case.

Leung took pre-retirement leave from the force last month and is not in Hong Kong, the report said.

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