Nina Wang, also known as Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, was the late chairwoman of Chinachem Group and Asia's richest woman. Born in September 1937, she took over Chinachem after her husband Teddy was mysteriously kidnapped in 1990 and built it into a major property developer. Teddy was never found and was declared dead in 1999. Wang died of cancer in 2007 with an estimated net worth of US$4.2 billion. Her will has been the subject of a court battle after her personal feng shui guru, Tony Chan, was accused of forging it in his favour.
It was more than fung shui, says defence lawyer in Nina Wang case
Intimate videos of Wang and Chan show they had a deeper relationship, says counsel
Describing the relationship between late tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum and alleged will forger Peter Chan Chun-chuen as one related to fung shui would degrade the famed businesswoman, Chan's lawyer said yesterday.
Barrister Andrew Kan also said playing in court videos which showed Wang locking lips with Chan and his hands running all over her body was not meant to degrade Wang.
"In fact there is nothing degrading to Nina Wang. She was happy [in the video]. She was smiling. We see a person who lost her husband and had no children appearing in the video to be happy. What's the problem with that?" Kan said in his closing argument.
"How could you keep a smile for 50 minutes … 40 minutes. She didn't need to pretend," Kan said referring to the duration of the two videos.
Chan is being tried in the Court of First Instance on accusations that he forged a 2006 will purportedly leaving Wang's fortune to him that he used in an effort to claim the estate.
Kan also said Wang had decided to receive high doses of hormones that caused her fatal cancer because she genuinely wanted to have a child with Chan.
"Why should such a successful businesswoman take such a risk? Nina Wang was not an ordinary person. I think ordinary people would not do that at an advanced age - at 56. That's why she's successful," Kan said.
"Her relationship with the defendant was so intimate that she was prepared to run the risk to have a child with the defendant," he said.
Kan also rejected the prosecution's suggestion that the payments made by Wang to Chan were for fung shui advice.
The court earlier heard two purported signatories of the will in question saying the actual document they signed was not the one produced by Chan.
Kan said it was dubious that one signatory told the court that the document he signed was a "partial will" which only intended to give a sum of more than HK$10 million to a named beneficiary, which he could not now identify.
Kan said that was a small sum compared with payments Wang earlier made to Chan, including three payments each of HK$688 million.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Wednesday.