City Digest, November 2, 2012
Two face court over laundering of HK$68m
A solicitor and the wife of a former executive director of a listed mainland-based company, Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings, will appear in Eastern Court today accused of laundering more than HK$68 million in criminal proceeds. The Independent Commission Against Corruption charged Wu Wing-kit, 56, and Ye Fang, 41, with dealing with property known or reasonably believed to be the proceeds of an indictable offence. Ye's husband, Chen Keen, 44, and another two officials from Natural Dairy were earlier charged with conspiracy to defraud over the purchase of New Zealand-based UBNZ Assets Holdings. Chen was also charged with money laundering.
Two ministers face confidence votes
People's Power legislator Wong Yuk-man submitted a motion of no confidence in Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po and Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim. It will be debated at a Legislative Council meeting on November 14 but is likely to be voted down. It cites Chan's ownership of subdivided flats and public disquiet at his being photographed drinking beer before driving, and Ng's handling of the national education issue.
All-in-one parks ticket under discussion
The Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, whose members comprise the city's two major theme parks and seven other tourist sites, would consider introducing an all-in-one ticket allowing holders to visit all attractions at a discount, chairman Paul Pei said.
Brother of Manila bus victim loses appeal bid
The High Court rejected an application by the elder brother of Manila bus hostage crisis victim Masa Tse Ting-chunn, Tse Chi-kin, to appeal against a government decision to refuse him legal aid to sue the Philippines. It said that as a country, the Philippines had immunity from being sued.
There was no winner of the first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 15, 18, 24, 28, 34 and 42. The extra number was 2. One ticket won the second prize of HK$3,744,370. Third prize paid HK$98,860.