A controversial Hong Kong businessman and pro-Beijing figure is accusing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of seeking revenge on him.
Lew Mon-hung told a District Court hearing Tuesday that Leung is hitting back after being criticised for reneging on a political deal with him, Ming Pao Daily reports.
Lew, 67, is on trial for perverting the course of justice relating to an alleged 2013 attempt to get Leung to shut down a corruption investigation into the businessman and several others.
He had allegedly written letters and e-mails to Leung seeking such favors.
Speaking in his own defense, Lew said these were meant to show Leung had broken his promises made in the 2012 chief executive election campaign in exchange for the former’s help.
He said Leung promised to appoint him to the Executive Council and make him his sole nominee to China’s highest political consultative body.
Both promises did not materialize, Lew said.
Lew said he first met Leung in 1996 and four years later, he was asked to promote the latter’s profile in the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
In May 1012, Leung told Lew that an Exco appointment would be a waste of his talents, the court heard.
Leung then asked Lew to pick five or six government positions and send his choices back to him, according to his testimony.
Lew said he declined after having turned down similar offers including that of special consultant or senior assistant to the chief executive.
In January 2013, Lew was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to defraud Pearl Oriental Oil Ltd., of which he was deputy chairman and executive director.
The arrest took place before Leung submitted his nominees to CPPCC, the court heard.
Lew said he believes his arrest by the Independent Commission Against Corruption was directed by Leung.
The defense lawyer sought dismissal of the charges, saying the prosecution had failed to call Leung and the ICAC head to testify.
The judge rejected the petition.
The case continues.
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