Former chief secretary Rafael Hui and property tycoon Thomas Kwok have been granted leave by Hong Kong’s highest court to appeal their corruption convictions, Radio Television Hong Kong reported, citing court proceedings.
Kwok, former co-chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., was released on Tuesday on a HK$10 million bail.
However, the applications for bail of two middlemen convicted of channeling the bribes were denied, the report said.
The Court of Final Appeal will start hearing the appeals on May 9, 2017.
Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma said their applications to appeal were granted because the case has one legal point of “great and general importance”.
He said this concerned the count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office of which they were convicted.
After the verdict, Thomas Kwok’s son, Adam, said he’s glad he could finally give his father a hug.
Thomas Kwok said he was feeling very excited to be outside jail and said he cannot control his feelings.
Hui is serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison term for receiving millions of dollars in bribes and gifts from Kwok, to be his “eyes and ears” in government, RTHK said.
Kwok was sentenced to five years in prison.
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