Document overload in Hui appeal

Local | Phoebe Ng Apr 20, 2017
The prosecution and lawyers for the four appellants in the bribery case involving former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan were ordered in a chamber hearing yesterday to delete "unnecessary documents."

The final appeal of Hui and three others has been scheduled for May 9.

Hui was convicted of receiving millions of dollars in bribes from property tycoon Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong for being his "eyes and ears" in the government.

Kwok was jailed for five years but released on HK$10 million bail after he was granted leave to appeal. Hui and two middlemen, Francis Kwan Hung- sang and Thomas Chan Kui-yuen, were denied bail.

Hui was sentenced to 71/2 years in prison, while Kwan and Chan got five and six years respectively. The four appellants did not appear in court yesterday. Court of Final Appeal registrar Simon Kwang Cheok-weung said the documents with 1,000 pages submitted from both sides were too much for the two-day hearing.

"Assuming it takes three minutes to read out a page, it would still take more than 50 hours to simply go through all documents," Kwan said. "There is simply not enough time for both sides to make submissions page by page within the scheduled two days, or 10 hours."

Papers include information on the West Kowloon Cultural District and Ma Wan Park project which Hui handled. Without them there is about 300 pages. Defense lawyers agreed to downsize the documents and were ordered to amend them by today.

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