Jailed former lawmaker Chim Pui-chung is to stand trial on corruption charges less than two months after his expected release from prison. The 52-year-old financier, currently serving a sentence for plotting to transfer share documents, is expected to be released from Stanley Prison by the middle of next month. The Independent Commission Against Corruption brought two fresh charges against Chim two weeks ago for alleged corruption arising out of the 1998 Legislative Council elections. Chim, who pleaded not guilty to both charges on an earlier occasion, was yesterday granted $10,000 bail upon his release from custody. Magistrate Garry Tallentire set August 9 to 20 for the hearing at Eastern Court. The tycoon is accused of providing food and drink to about 90 potential voters on March 27, 1998, in an attempt to sway their votes in the 1998 financial services subsector elections held on April 2. The subsector helped elect members to the 800-strong Election Committee, which in turn chose a total of 10 legislators. He is also accused of incurring election expenses on March 27 on behalf of candidates in the financial services subsector elections, while not running in the race and without authorisation from any of the 14 candidates. The ex-legislator, representing the financial services functional constituency, was expelled from Legco on September 9 last year following his conviction last August for plotting to forge share-transfer documents. His original three-year sentence was cut to 12 months by the Court of Appeal in December, but the tycoon failed to have his conviction overturned in February.