Jailed fung shui master Peter Chan wants to attend mother's funeral
Self-styled fung shui master Peter Chan Chun-chuen, who is serving a 12-year jail term for forging the will of tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, is seeking to be let out to attend the funeral of his mother, who died on Tuesday.
Chan Lee Kam-che, also known as Lee Siu-wah, died at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital after a long illness, according to a family friend. She was 82. Family members were there during her last hours, the friend said.
Chan, who was 54 on Monday, was told the news during a visit on Christmas Eve by the friend, who described Chan, a recent convert to Christianity, as "keeping peaceful and calm".
"Peter believes it is God's arrangement and that his mother must have ascended to heaven," said the family friend. Peter is a good son. He loves his mother very much. Definitely he wants to be allowed out of prison to attend his mother's funeral."
The funeral service is expected to be held by the middle of next month. It is understood that Chan will apply to the prison authorities to be let out once the death certificate is obtained.
The family friend said Chan had applied to be allowed out of prison to visit his mother at the hospital early last month.
"But his application was rejected. The prison authorities told him his mother's condition was still stable. That was a piece of good news for Peter."
The friend said Chan's mother had been in hospital for months and her condition deteriorated last month.
A spokesman for the Correctional Services Department said such applications by inmates "will be assessed for security risks and be approved or otherwise on a case-by-case basis".
"If the application is approved, the person in custody will be escorted to the site in plain clothes under determined security measures and be facilitated with reasonable time to pay last respects to the deceased."
Chan was known as Tony before he became a Christian this year. He is said to be spending most of his time in his cell reading the Bible and studying theology, philosophy and English.
In July, Chan was sentenced to 12 years in prison for forging a will he claimed was Wang's. It made Chan sole beneficiary of Wang's huge estate. But in a drawn-out legal case, Wang's Chinachem Charitable Foundation was ruled the real heir.