Alleged crime boss Cheung Tsz-keung is said to have planned to use a huge haul of explosives to threaten the Government, blow up prisons and kidnap more tycoons. Cheung, alias 'Big Spender' and his accomplices were said to have tied explosives to themselves when they kidnapped two local tycoons in 1996 and 1997 and demanded a total ransom of $1.6 billion. The details were reported in Community Focus, a news programme from a Guangzhou TV station shown in Hong Kong on Cable TV last night. The second episode, including interviews with Public Security Bureau director Chen Shaoji, and with Cheung and alleged mainland accomplice Ma Shangzhong, will be screened tomorrow night. In the first episode, two bronze sphinxes were shown outside the Yuen Long house that stored 800kg of explosives Cheung's gang allegedly smuggled from the mainland. Cheung was said to be superstitious and the sphinxes were meant to protect him. The faces of the statues were modelled on his girlfriend, Law Yim-fong. A similar pair of sphinxes are outside Cheung's Ho Man Tin home. 'Investigations confirmed the explosives were being prepared for use in threatening the Hong Kong Government, bombing Hong Kong prisons and continuing to kidnap Hong Kong tycoons,' the programme said. Cheung is widely reported to have kidnapped Li Ka-shing's son, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, and Sun Hung Kai chairman Walter Kwok Ping-sheung - for ransoms totalling $1.6 billion in 1996 and 1997. 'The conspirator is the man listed by Hong Kong police as Hong Kong's most dangerous man, Cheung Tsz-keung,' the programme said. Cheung was born in 1955 in Guangxi and came to Hong Kong when he was four. He left school after primary level and learned business with his father. The programme said Cheung had been involved in illegal bookmaking on horse races, knew many triad members and witnessed many criminal offences when he was young.