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Hui gets 7-and-half years in jail, Kwok 5

By Timothy Chui /
Hui gets 7-and-half years in jail, Kwok 5

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui, left, and former chief operating officer of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange Ltd. (AP Photo / Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG - Former chief secretary Rafael Hui was handed down a sentence of seven and a half years in jail for being the instigator and beneficiary of a conspiracy to serve as Sun Hung Kai Property's eyes and ears during his tenure as the highest-ranking civil servant.

The former government number two from 2005 to 2007 saw his sentence reduced by nine months in recognition of his long and loyal service to the government, which trial judge Justice Andrew Macrae said would have gone down as the most exemplary in recent history if not for his crimes.

Instead, Hui had damaged Hong Kong's hard fought battle against corruption at a time when there was local concerns over the cozy relationship between business interests and government while the Chinese mainland's own campaign to stamp out corruption raged.

Hui is also required to pay a portion of nearly HK$20 million accrued in alleged bribes amounting to HK$11.182 million to the government.

 Hui gets 7-and-half years in jail, Kwok 5

Former co-chairman of Hong Kong developer Sun Hung Kai Properties, Thomas Kwok, left, and the developer's former executive director Chan Kui-yuen, are escorted by Hong Kong Correctional Services in a van as they arrive the High Court in Hong Kong, Dec 23, 2014.  (AP Photo / Kin Cheung)

Former SHKP co-chairman Thomas Kwok, 63, was given five years as the co-instigator of the conspiracy, after Justice Macrae reduced the sentence from six years citing his good character, Christian faith and clean record.

Loyal SHKP subordinate Thomas Chan was given six years in prison for serving as the key conduit for the payouts while Hui's childhood friend and former HKEX official Francis Kwan was given five years in prison for serving as the bag man.

Kwok and Chan were slapped a fine of HK$500,000 each and ordered to pay HK$12.1 million each to cover the prosecution's costs. The pair are also barred from serving as directors of any company for five and six years respectively. They intend to appeal.

Hui is also planning an appeal, his wife said during a prison visit over the weekend.

The trail called more than 80 witnesses over seven months with 21 counsels representing six legal teams.

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