A POLITICIAN was promised a better car if he helped Gilbert Leung Kam-ho win a seat in the Legislative Council, the High Court heard yesterday. After Leung won the election he met his unofficial agent, Mr Wai Hon-leung, at the Royal Hongkong Jockey Club and gave him $150,000. Mr Wai used the money to buy a second-hand Mercedes Benz, the court was told. Two Regional Councillors who were also offered bribes refused the money. The ICAC found the bribe money in the home of one of them, who had said he was waiting to return it to Leung, the court heard. On trial before Mr Justice Keith and a jury is Leung, 38, who has denied seven counts of offering money to two Regional Councillors and two other men in return for procuring election to the Legislative Council. He has also pleaded not guilty to incurring election expenses in excess of the $50,000 maximum. He is accused of spending $150,000. Opening the Crown case, Mr Michael McMahon said the case revolved around Leung's attempt to be elected to Legco from the Regional Council. Four Regional Councillors stood for Legco in September 1991 and Leung won. The Crown alleged that leading up to the election, Leung offered bribes to two Regional Councillors to vote for him. The court heard that in July 1991, Leung met Mr Wai at the Regal Riverside Hotel coffee shop in Sha Tin and asked him to help in his campaign. Mr Wai agreed and became Leung's unofficial election agent, although Leung already had an official agent. The Crown claims that Mr Wai was given a total of $70,000 when Leung retained him. From that time until the election, Mr Wai, an experienced politician, worked for Leung by giving him advice and introducing him to people. Among those he introduced the defendant to was an influential figure in the New Territories who was a friend of Regional Councillor Mr Fung Pak-tai. They met at a Sha Tin restaurant in August 1991. During the meal the friend left the table to allow Leung and Mr Fung to talk. Mr McMahon said it was the Crown's case that Leung offered Mr Fung an unspecified sum of money to induce his support in the vote. The money was rejected by Mr Fung, the court was told. After Leung was elected, he paid Mr Fung through the friend as a reward. Leung drew a personal cheque for $50,000 and presented it to the friend who kept $20,000 for himself and gave the rest to Mr Fung. When the ICAC became involved in the case they went to Mr Fung's home on December 5, 1991, and found the $30,000. Mr Fung is to testify that the reason the money was at his home was because he intended to give it back to the friend. The charges relating to the bribery of the second Regional Councillor, Mr Cheung Hon-chung, allege that Leung met a friend of Mr Cheung at a sauna and said he wanted to meet Mr Cheung to get his vote. The friend organised a meeting at his office in Sha Tin. Before Mr Cheung arrived, Leung handed the friend $100,000 on the understanding that it would be offered to Mr Cheung for his vote. When Mr Cheung arrived he was offered the money but he refused. Days before the election on September 12, Mr Wai and Leung had a conversation in which the defendant agreed to give Mr Wai money to buy a better car than the one he had. About six weeks after his election to Legco, Leung met Mr Wai at the Jockey Club. Unknown to them the ICAC was monitoring their meeting, said Mr McMahon. Mr Wai was handed $150,000 to buy a car. Leung was alleged to have suggested his sister's car business as the best place to purchase the vehicle. Mr Wai bought a second-hand Mercedes for $200,000 from her. Leung was arrested a few months later. The hearing continues.