Kwok brothers consulted Rafael Hui on range of issues, graft trial told

SHKP co-chairman's diary reveals the Kwoks sought chief secretary's advice on Wen Jiabao, Leung Chun-ying and Legco election results

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 September, 2014, 11:49pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 September, 2014, 5:51pm

"Call Rafael Hui re Premier Wen"; "call R Hui re C. Y. Leung"; "call R Hui re Legco election results".

These, according to prosecutors yesterday, were entries in the diary of Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Raymond Kwok Ping-luen, who with his brother Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong is alleged to have bribed former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan to be their "eyes and ears" in government. The diaries, spanning 2001 to 2010, showed that Hui kept in contact and had private meals with the Kwoks when he was chief secretary and later a non-official member of the Executive Council between 2005 and 2009, the Court of First Instance was told.

His advice was sought on issues including policies and political situations, arranging meetings with key government officials and dealing with media coverage, according to diary excerpts read to the court.

On July 2, 2003, Kwok phoned Hui "re Tung". "Call R Hui re C Y Leung," he wrote later in the month. In late October 2008, he penned: "Call Rafael Hui re Premier Wen, Richard Li." In the same year he also sought Hui's advice on the Legislative Council election result.

Hui, SHKP's consultant from 2004, formally ended that role in March 2005, but his advice did not cease, the court has heard. The Kwoks continued to meet him on topics like the MTR's merger with the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation up to a week before he rejoined the government as chief secretary, replacing Donald Tsang Yam-kuen who had succeeded Tung Chee-hwa after the latter resigned as chief executive.

"2005 was a very strange year," Kwok wrote when summing up the turbulent year. "Be very careful. Many upset."

They continued to meet in private when Hui was chief secretary. In July 2006, Kwok wrote: "Lunch Rafael Hui [and two others]. Great and useful."

Three weeks before he stepped down as chief secretary, Hui joined a dinner hosted by SHKP co-chairman Thomas Kwok where the guests included a Norman Chan, whose identity was not elaborated upon.

In February 2008, Raymond Kwok met Hui, then in Exco. "Very useful," Kwok remarked.

Hui, 66, faces eight charges related to bribery and misconduct in public office. Thomas Kwok, 62, faces one charge of conspiracy to offer an advantage to Hui and two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Raymond Kwok, 61, faces four charges, including one with Hui of furnishing false information.

SHKP executive director Thomas Chan Kui-yuen, 67, and former Hong Kong stock exchange official Francis Kwan Hung-sang, 63, each face two charges.

All have pleaded not guilty.