November 1983: Carrian Group collapses with debts of nearly HK$8 billion to banks on four continents. February 1986: Tan and four others go on trial for allegedly deceiving Carrian shareholders and creditors by publishing false statements in 1981 accounts. January 1987: Hashim Shamsuddin, former Bank Bumiputra executive director, is jailed for 41/2 years after admitting fraud plot and corruption charges arising out of loans made to Carrian. April 1987: Shamsuddin's jail term increased to 10 years by Court of Appeal. September 1987: Public outcry as Carrian trial collapses with Tan and the other defendants cleared by Mr Justice Barker. May 1988: Crown drops 'Gammon House' charges against Tan, his right man Bentley Ho, a solicitor and two businessmen. They related to an alleged plot to defraud Carrian creditors and shareholders in relation to the sale of Gammon House in 1980. 1989: Tan suffers heart attack and his health begins to decline. March 1991: Prosecution begins gathering evidence in Malaysia. December 1992: Former BMFL chairman Lorrain Osman extradited from Britain after unprecedented seven-year battle. December 1992: Tan suffers stroke. June 1993: Osman sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment for US$292 million conspiracy to defraud BMFL. February 1994: Former BMFL director Rais Saniman returns to Hong Kong from France after extradition battle. March 1995: Saniman jailed for five years after admitting US$238 million fraud plot. January 1996: Tan's District Court case, involving charges of offering bribes to executives from German bank WestLB and an executive director of Barclays Asia, is adjourned until January 1997. March 1996: Tan's bid to halt fraud plot and corruption prosecution in relation to BMFL loans is rejected and his bail is revoked. June 1996: Bid to remove judge on grounds of bias fails. October 1996:Tan pleads guilty to two fraud charges involving US$238 million. The prosecution agrees not to proceed on all other charges.