A judge has thrown out a bid by private US investment firm Rockefeller & Co Inc to have documents relating to an internal probe kept secret during the criminal trial of former employee Kevin Lee Kwok-wing. Mrs Justice Verina Bokhary yesterday refused to grant an injunction to stop the records and documents from being used, including interviews with Lee and other staff. Lee had been employed as a managing director by Rockefeller's wholly owned subsidiary Rockefeller (Far East) which has subsequently been dissolved. Rockefeller claimed privilege over the papers, arguing the documents related to communication between legal advisers and clients. The judge explained however: 'The human agents making these communications were the interviewees, the employees of Far East, not Inc. They were making communications in an investigation commenced by Far East.' Prosecutors do not intend to use any of the documents but they have been provided to Lee as unused material, the Court of First Instance heard. Lee faces 18 corruption and fraud offences involving HK$60 million. He is alleged to have accepted bribes between March 1993 and July 1996 in return for purchasing shares in various companies. Further charges of accepting bribes and conspiring to defraud Rockefeller Co (Far East) have been laid against Lee. He has pleaded not guilty to all the alleged offences. Lee was arrested by ICAC officers in early 1997 and was charged the following year. The trial is expected to start soon, following preliminary legal arguments and jury selection.