Trial date set for ex-tobacco boss

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 September, 1997, 12:00am

The trial of former tobacco-company executive Jerry Lui Kin-hong, who faces charges of accepting more than $30 million in bribes, is set to begin on March 16 next year and to run for three months.

Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee determined the schedule in a brief hearing from which the public were excluded at the Court of First Instance yesterday.

Lui, 42, faces nine charges, including one of conspiracy to accept advantages between June 1988 and December 1993 while working in Hong Kong.

He is alleged to have accepted the bribes in order to ensure the sale and supply of cigarettes from one of his employers, the British-American Tobacco Company (HK) Ltd, to Wing Wah Company or to Giant Island Ltd or associated companies.

The other eight charges allege Lui accepted bribes of $31,310,140.