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Secret of former chief secretary Henry Tang's wine cellar remains bottled up

Simon Tam, head of wine for China at Christie's, conducts the auction of Henry Tang's 810-lot collection. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A wine expert given a rare glimpse inside former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen's wine cellar is remaining tight-lipped about its location.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 5:39am

Digging deep for some illegal space

Henry Tang Ying-yen's house in Kowloon Tong. Photo: David Wong

Is the illegal giant basement found under the home of former chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen and his wife in Kowloon Tong an exception, the result of the couple's greed for space despite their already huge luxury home?

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 2 comments

Henry Tang's wife charged over illegal basement

Tang and his wife. Photo: Nora Tam

A Buildings Department spokesman confirmed yesterday that the probe into the 2,250 sq ft basement at the house at 7 York Road, Kowloon Tong, had been completed and a summons issued on February 9.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 8 comments

Leung must give straight answers before basement becomes a bunker

Leung Chun-ying's home at the Peak. Photo: David Wong

The long-awaited reply late last month from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying over the saga of his trellis has led to more questions than answers.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:43am

Leung Chun-ying must settle illegal-structures matter now

Construction workers remove one of the illegal structures at the home of Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has finally given an account of the affair of illegal structures at his Peak home - five months after news reports alleged he may have covered up unauthorised building works at the two houses while campaigning for election in March. Contrary to his previous remarks, Leung conceded that some of the structures were put up after he had moved in.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am 3 comments

Building plan may have hid C.Y. structure from view

An unmarked section on the building plan of Leung Chun-ying's house on The Peak could have made it difficult to spot an illegal basement if it was already there when he bought the property 13 years ago, an experienced architect suggests.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

No going quietly when the mighty fall

It's a witch-hunt. It's a settling of scores.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Police urged to join in probe of Tang's basement

Police are being urged to join the investigation into an illegal basement at the home of chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen after the Buildings Department said it was having serious difficulty collecting evidence.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Witness list compiled as basement probe heats up

More than three dozen witnesses are expected to give evidence in a probe into the illegal basement at the home of chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A wealth of evidence in Tang's basement

The 'basementgate' scandal involving chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen has intrigued many engineers, and readers of this column with such a background have been offering tips for investigating the huge, illegal basement built under the house owned by Tang's wife in Kowloon Tong.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Police should help any probe, specialists say

Henry Tang Ying-yen and his wife should be criminally investigated, in the light of evidence suggesting they planned their 'underground palace' at a Kowloon Tong house before it was completed in 2007, a legal academic and a building expert say.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang declares basement off limits

Embattled chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen has rejected calls to allow the media to inspect his home's illegal basement, saying it would intrude on his privacy.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang's wife comes under scrutiny over basement

The Buildings Department has launched an investigation into chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife and others over an illegal 'underground palace' at her house in Kowloon Tong.

The investigation may lead to criminal charges, but it is uncertain whether Tang, who co-owned the house at 7 York Road with his wife Lisa Kuo Yu-chin until 2010, is involved in the probe.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

High price to pay for being Mrs Tang

There he goes again. Henry Tang Ying-yen paraded his wife, Lisa Kuo Yu-chin, before the cameras last night after the media exposed an unauthorised basement built under a property they own next to their home in Kowloon Tong. Previously, he made her publicly declare forgiveness when he admitted to having been a cheating husband.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Letter to seek demolition of basement

The Buildings Department will issue a letter advising Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife to demolish an illegal basement at her Kowloon Tong house.

Such a letter is one step short of a demolition order.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am