Rafael Hui

Bank of East Asia sues Rafael Hui over alleged debts

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 April, 2013, 5:28am

Former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan, embroiled in the city's biggest corruption case, has been asked to repay alleged debts he owes the Bank of East Asia related to overdrafts and credit cards.

The bank has filed a writ against Hui, 65, who is facing charges of corruption and bribery alongside the billionaire Kwok brothers of Sun Hung Kai Properties.

In a writ filed with the High Court on Friday, the bank asks Hui for payment of all money due under the two overdraft facilities under two facility letters and two credit cards provided by the bank to Hui under a card holder agreement. The bank also wants him to pay interest and costs related to a breach of the terms of the facility letters and the agreement.

Hui's barrister, Edwin Choy Wai-bond, could not be reached for comment last night.

Hui and the SHKP co-chairmen - Raymond Kwok Ping-luen, 59 and Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong, 61 - were released on bail last month after they pleaded not guilty to the charges. Hui faces a total of eight charges. They include a charge that, from 2000 to 2009, he received HK$28.8 million in cash, HK$5.4 million in loans and the rent-free use of two luxury flats in Happy Valley.

Two other people have also been charged: SHKP executive director Thomas Chan Kui-yuen, 66, and former Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing official Francis Kwan Hung-sang, 62. They pleaded not guilty.