Key dates in the downfall of Gary Cheng: August 23, 2000: Apple Daily reports that Cheng offered consultancy services to companies controlled by tycoon Li Ka-shing without telling the legislature. He allegedly leaked a confidential government document to a business contact. Cheng admits he failed to make declarations, but denies disclosing any confidential documents. August 24: Further evidence suggests Cheng tipped off Cheung Kong (Holdings) over sensitive items to be discussed by the legislature. August 25: Cheng offers to resign as vice-chairman of the DAB and to wind up his two public relations consultancy firms after Apple Daily publishes further evidence. August 29: DAB rules Cheng need not abandon his seat if elected in the Legislative Council polls. September 2: DAB holds a 4,000-strong rally to drum up backing for Cheng and his running-mate on Hong Kong Island, Choy So-yuk. September 10: Cheng and Ms Choy secure two seats for the DAB. September 15: DAB chairman Tsang Yok-sing concedes Cheng has failed to meet the moral standards of a lawmaker. September 16: Cheng tells Legco he will not take his seat and leaves all his public posts. DAB central committee strips him of party positions but he retains membership. January 11, 2001: ICAC arrests Cheng. He is released on bail. March 19: The Department of Justice confirms it has received the ICAC report and is considering whether to prosecute. May 31: ICAC lays five charges against Cheng. November 6: Legal aid granted so Cheng can defend himself against charges of bribery and misconduct on condition he contributes about $50,000. December 5: District Court judge rejects Cheng's fourth and last attempt to be tried before a bilingual judge. Trial starts. December 20: Cheng found guilty of four charges.