The stock exchange membership committee convenor says his predecessor, Chen Po-sum, did not try to influence a decision on exchange membership for two companies from which she had accepted commissions. Chen, a former vice-chairman of the exchange, is facing eight bribery charges in connection to $1.6 million she allegedly solicited and accepted in relation to the transfer of A-share exchange seats in 1993 and 1994. Chen, 65, has said the money was for legitimate introduction fees and denied it was given to help her sway the voting. Membership convenor Yu Wai-keung yesterday told the court Chen had not approached any of the other 30 committee members, who approved admission to the floor. The court has been told Chen took $800,000 for supporting a 1994 bid by Japanese securities giant Nomura Securities to buy a seat on the exchange from On Wah United Securities Co. It has also been told she accepted another $800,000 for the transfer of three A-share seats from Shing On Securities to Emperor Securities. Of the commission from Emperor, $600,000 was paid into the account of Chen's daughter-in-law, Angela Tse Ngan-ling. The money was shifted to several accounts, including $200,000 directly to Chen and $205,000 to her company, Coin Fall. Ms Tse said she was given the commission because she alerted Chen that Emperor was looking for three seats. She said Chen did not keep the cash, but used the $200,000 to invest in mainland real estate for her. Chen is on bail of $1.5 million cash and $1.5 million sureties. The trial before Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee continues today.