Early release expected for jailed Hong Kong businessman Lew Mon-hung

Democratic Party members expected to meet with Lew at unknown venue

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 February, 2017, 5:21pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 February, 2017, 9:02pm

Disgraced businessman Lew Mon-hung is expected to be released from prison on Monday, six months earlier than his original sentence.

Lew, 68, was sentenced to 18 months prison one year ago after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice over letters and emails he sent to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption attempting to halt an investigation into him.

He was set to be released in June, but it is understood he will be released from Stanley Prison after serving just 12 months for good behaviour.

Controversial Hong Kong businessman Lew Mon-hung found guilty of perverting course of justice, faces 18 months in jail

Adding weight to his expected release on Monday, a Democratic Party source confirmed members were planning a dinner with Lew once he was out, but refused to disclose the exact time or venue.

For a brief period, Lew counted former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as a neighbour at Stanley Prison.

Tsang, 72, was jailed this week after being found guilty of misconduct in public office.

Following Lew’s trial in February last year, Tsang submitted a letter of support for the businessman, acknowledging his contributions to the city. However, a meeting between Tsang and Lew in jail is unlikely as both requested protective measures, which keeps them apart from other prisoners.