Businessman Lew Mon-hung said he had been warned one week before his arrest in January 2013 that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had vowed to take him down for his public criticism of the Hong Kong leader.
Lew, 67, is being tried on charges of perverting the course of justice. He has been accused of writing letters and emails to Leung and Simon Peh, head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, in 2013, asking them to help shut down an investigation against him in connection with a fraud case. He has pleaded not guilty.
Claiming his arrest on Jan. 8, 2013 was directed by Leung as a way of taking revenge on him, Lew, a one-time Leung supporter, told a district court that two phone calls he received in January 2013 can be used as proof that Leung held a grudge against him for his criticism of the chief executive.
In the first call on Jan. 2, Au Hong-chong, then assistant to the chief editor of Wen Wei Po, said Leung refused to attend an activity organized by a think tank chaired by Lew because of his criticisms.
Yuen Yiu-ching, then deputy chief editor of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, called Lew two days later, warning him that Leung was very displeased with his criticism and he had better be careful.
Lew, former deputy chairman of Pearl Oriental Oil (00632.HK), also said Executive Council member Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, then the secretary for security, told him in 2012 that Leung would do something bad to people he did not like.
This prompted him to write a letter to Leung, asking him to stop his political persecution of his critics and enemies.
Lew said he publicly criticized Leung out of a sense of justice, even though he had firmly supported the chief executive before.
The hearing continues today.
Lew will be questioned by the prosecution, while Au and Yuen will be summoned as Lew’s witnesses.
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