The death of an officer after the Immigration Tower blaze prompted one of his angry colleagues to concoct evidence against the abode claimants blamed for the fire, a defence counsel suggested yesterday. Barrister Paul Dinan, defending one of seven men on trial for murder and arson, accused immigration assistant Chan Chi-fai of lying to bolster the prosecution case. Mr Chan denied Mr Dinan's allegation, but conceded that the death of senior immigration officer Leung Kam-kwong came as a shock and caused 'some anger' in the Immigration Department. Leung, 42, and abode seeker Lam Siu-sing, 26, were injured in the blaze on August 2 last year and died nine days later. Sze Kwan-lung, 24, Pang Hon-kwan, 40, Fu Mo, 39, Lam Hing-luen, 27, brothers Yeung Yee-ping, 29, and Yeung Yee-yim, 38, and Chau Hung-chuen, 30, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and one of arson. 'I'm not suggesting for one moment that [shock and anger] is not understandable, but what I'm suggesting is that your anger gave rise to a temptation to say things [which are] either an exaggeration or not true,' Mr Dinan said in the Court of First Instance. Mr Dinan, representing Pang, alleged there was 'some form of understanding' among immigration officers that 'there is no point in pointing any finger at the deceased [abode seeker] but the others he associated with'. Mr Chan rejected the suggestion. Mr Chan described in graphic detail to the court what he claimed to have seen and heard in Room 1301 of the tower when the blaze broke out. But Mr Dinan alleged Mr Chan would need 'X-ray eyes' to see what he had described, given his relatively small build and his position in the crowded room. Mr Chan was adamant he saw and heard most of what he told the court. The Court of First Instance trial before Mr Justice Thomas Gall continues.