Three men went on trial yesterday accused of being members of a pirated-goods syndicate said to have made millions of video and music CDs and computer software items seized from four factories in Fanling. Chan Mo-keung, 41, Tong Wing-ching, 54, and Wong Chi-chiu, 45, employees of manufacturing company Golden Science Technology Ltd, ran an operation involving 36 production lines designated for pirated discs, the Court of First Instance heard. The director and owner of the company, Tsoi Kei-lung, and his wife Ng Kam-fung, who were due to stand trial, had absconded from the SAR, the court heard. Prosecutor David Fitzpatrick told jurors that the firm, which also made legitimate items, had, ironically, previously been contracted by the police to produce copies of a video programme called Force of the Future. Chan, the administrative manager, Tong, production manager, and Wong, in charge of warehousing, each denied a charge of conspiracy to defraud between June 1997 and April 1998. The jury heard that on April 26, 1998, about 200 Independent Commission Against Corruption officers raided four factories, a warehouse and an office, all in Fanling. After they broke into the factories, each of which occupied several floors, 87 staff were found allegedly producing pirated video and music CDs and software. Mr Fitzpatrick said the pirated VCDs featured local and Hollywood titles, including Titanic and Jurassic Park. Among the fake CDs had been recordings featuring Canto-pop singers Andy Lau and Faye Wong. The operation comprised 12 printing lines and 36 production lines, the jury was told. Millions of discs were later seized by the Customs and Excise Department. 'The prosecution will emphasise the extent of pirate production on the night [of the raid] and the considerable range of infringing titles that must have been manufactured earlier because such a state of affairs could hardly have been the result of any oversight or error on the part of the management, that is, something that had slipped through the system,' Mr Fitzpatrick said. Chan was arrested on the same day at his father's home by the ICAC officers, while Tong and Wong were arrested the following day. Hundreds of copies of letters of authorisation from Bright Hope Trading Ltd - a company said to be closely connected to the accused - were created to mask the illegal production lines, it was alleged. The trial continues today before Mrs Justice Verina Bokhary.