Chen Po-sum, the former stock exchange vice-chairman at the heart of a $1.6 million bribery scandal, has been acquitted of eight charges relating to the sale of floor seats. The 66-year-old mother of three sat stoically in the High Court dock as the jury foreman delivered the verdict. Her tearful son, Jo-Jo Choy, punched the air in the packed public gallery as the 'not guilty' verdict was delivered. Aided by her son, Ms Chen pushed through a crowd of well-wishers as she left the court. Asked if she would continue to sit on the stock exchange membership committee, she replied: 'I am very tired and I just want to go home. I cannot say what I will do beyond tonight. 'I have been confident from the beginning that I would be acquitted. I never doubted that.' Ms Chen was accused of accepting the money in the transfer of A-share exchange seats in 1993 and 1994, when she was convenor of the membership committee. She said the payments were legal commissions but never informed committee members about the money before or during the approval voting. The prosecution said Ms Chen took $800,000 for supporting a 1994 bid by Japanese securities giant Nomura Securities (HK) to buy a seat from On Wah United Securities Co. She accepted another $800,000 for the transfer of three A-share seats from Shing On Securities to Emperor Securities. The money was an inducement or reward for supporting the applications, it was alleged. Despite victory, Ms Chen's request for costs, estimated at $3 million, was rejected. Defence counsel Kevin Egan admitted that 'the way she [Chen] conducted her personal affairs, when viewed from the outside, seemed suspicious'. He argued the tangle of bank accounts which the money shifted through was merely 'the eccentric behaviour of an old woman'. Tony Schapel, for the Crown, said the accounts appeared to be used to launder the money and the charges against Ms Chen were warranted. Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee, in refusing to grant costs, said Ms Chen 'clearly brought suspicion on herself, particularly in the way she manipulated' the bank account of her former housekeeper and by not declaring her interest to the other committee members. Throughout the 21-day trial, Ms Chen remained composed until last week, when her frail 72-year-old husband Choi Fook hobbled into court with the help of their son. Ms Chen broke down and final submissions to the jury were adjourned for 15 minutes.