Carson Yeung Ka-sing
Born in February 1960, Carson Yeung Ka-sing is a Hong Kong businessman and former hairdresser best known as the owner of Birmingham FC. He is also chairman and executive director of Birmingham International Holdings, an investment, entertainment and sportswear firm registered in the Cayman Islands. In June 2011, Yeung was arrested at his Hong Kong home in connection with alleged money laundering. He was subsequently charged with dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offence.
Carson Yeung demands money laundering trial halt over 'unfair' evidence
Soccer boss tries to stop money laundering trial for second time because of 'abuse of process'
Birmingham City soccer club boss Carson Yeung Ka-sing has for a second time asked the court to halt his HK$721 million money laundering trial, after his first attempt failed in May.
This time, defence lawyers said the prosecution's submission of new material to the court this week was unfair to Yeung, 53.
Prosecutors disclosed the documents during cross-examination in an effort to show that the defendant had a financial relationship with convicted impresario Abba Chan Tat-chee.
Chan had passed the written notes, transaction documents and other records to the Independent Commission Against Corruption for a criminal case that was unrelated to Yeung, the District Court heard yesterday.
Barrister Graham Harris SC, representing Yeung, accused the police of failing to conduct a proper investigation and the prosecution of failing to disclose the information to the defence.
"This conduct by the prosecution and the police is both unfair and unjust, and amounts to an abuse of process," Harris said.
He urged the court to exercise its discretion to stay the trial.
In April, Yeung, a hairdresser turned businessman, cited a similar abuse of process in seeking a permanent stay of proceedings. He accused the police of failing to retain documents when investigating the securities firms that he had traded with. Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong ruled in May that the defence had failed to prove the missing records would lead to an unfair trial.
Yesterday, prosecutor John Reading SC said neither the prosecution nor the police were previously aware of the existence of the new material.
Reading said the case had brought attention to the sort of information that might be useful, and so the police asked the ICAC for the files.
He said the late disclosure of the data caused Yeung only minimal prejudice and would not deprive him of a fair trial.
Yau will hand down his ruling on Tuesday.
Yeung faces five money laundering charges. He is accused of laundering HK$721 million through his five accounts with Wing Lung Bank and HSBC between January 2001 and December 2007. He denies the charges.
Late last month, Yeung admitted in court that Abba Chan and Chan's two companies, Abba Entertainment and Abba Movie, had made 11 deposits into accounts held by his father and himself. He claimed the funds were the returns on loans and investments, including one investment in a 2005 movie.
During cross-examination this week, the prosecutor showed Yeung some written notes and transaction documents. The documents came from another criminal case in which Chan had acted as a prosecution witness.
Harris alleged the prosecution wanted to use these documents to show that Yeung had reasonable grounds to believe the money he dealt with might be related to the proceeds of crime.
He said if the prosecution wanted to challenge that the payments Yeung had received were not returns on loans or investments, it should obtain evidence from Chan instead of using material from another case.
Chan was jailed in 2011 after admitting stealing money from two companies that he chaired.