The chief executive’s former ally Lew Mon-hung appeared in Eastern Court in Sai Wan Ho on Wednesday facing one charge of perverting public justice.
Lew is alleged to have sent a letter and an email to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Simon Peh Yun-lu in an attempt to stop an ICAC investigation involving him.
The ICAC alleges the offence was committed between January 9 and 10 and that Lew referred to his past dealings and association with Leung in the correspondence.
A magistrate on Wednesday released Lew on HK$200,000 bail and adjourned the case to September 4, pending the transfer of case documents.
The court will summon 19 witnesses, including ICAC investigators and Lew’s secretary. It is understood that Leung and Peh are not on the witness list.
Outside court, Lew said he would not comment on his case. But he quoted lines from late Qing dynasty official Lin Zexu and former Communist Chinese leader Liu Shaoqi.
“Lin Zexu said ‘history will be the judge’. Liu Shaoqi said ‘the good thing is that history is written by the people’,” he said.
Lew, 64, was a former deputy chairman and executive director of the Hong Kong-listed energy firm Pearl Oriental Oil. He was a staunch supporter of Leung during the chief executive election in March last year.
In January, Lew made explosive claims about Leung in an interview with the iSun Affairs magazine. In it, he accused Leung of lying about how he had dealt with illegal structures at his home on The Peak, and going back on his word to appoint Lew to the Executive Council.
Following his arrest in February by the ICAC, Lew was not reappointed to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.