Property tycoon and former Chief Secretary appeal to Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong's high profile corruption case

Former Chief Secretary, Rafael Hui, former Sun Hung Kai chairman, Thomas Kwok, and two others were given permission on 22 March to appeal to Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal in light of public interest and the legal issues involved in the case.

In February, the Court of Appeal dismissed the defendants' appeals against conviction. For more information on that judgment, see our earlier ebulletin here. The Court of Final Appeal will now review the matter, and will consider in particular whether the offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office is made out on proof that the defendants intended and agreed that, in return for payments, Hui would be favourably disposed to them rather than commit a specific action of serious misconduct.

Hong Kong used as conduit for corrupt money according to Chinese anti-corruption official

The director of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China has reported that Hong Kong is being used by corrupt officials to transfer money abroad. Liu Jianchao noted that corrupt officials transfer money through underground banks, money laundering, and by changing names. The director pointed to the need for collaboration between Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the CCDI to address these issues.