The conviction of a Hong Kong man and two mainlanders for smuggling Bibles to Fujian was flawed and their case should have been dismissed, according to a legal expert. SAR businessman Lai Kwong-keung, 38, and Lin Xifu and Yu Zhudi, both 42, were arrested on May 31 for allegedly transporting 16,280 Bibles from Hong Kong via Shenzhen to an underground Church called the 'Shouters' in Fuqing. Lai was also accused of transporting a further 16,800 Bibles to Fuqing via the same route on April 1. They were convicted of conducting illegal business operations by Yinxi People's Court in Fuqing city, Fujian, on January 28. Lai was jailed for two years while Lin and Yu were given three-year terms. All three were fined. But Ong Yew-kim, a Chinese law research fellow at Chinese University's Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, said the verdict was flawed. 'The court failed to clarify how the Bibles were transported into the mainland. Were they being smuggled or legally imported? There's no detail,' Mr Ong said. He said if the Bibles were smuggled goods, the three men should have been charged with smuggling. The fact they were being charged with illegal business operation seemed to suggest the Bibles were legally imported into the mainland. 'If details of a case are unclear, the case should be dismissed as everyone should be presumed innocent,' Mr Ong said. Lai was freed on February 9, when the court allowed him to serve his sentence outside prison after intervention by US President George W. Bush. Family members of Lin and Yu hope Mr Bush, who is visiting Beijing today and tomorrow, would push for their release. Lin Huajing, wife of Lin, said: 'I hope Mr Bush will raise our case during his visit. My husband is innocent.' Mr Ong said the fact the pair were being kept in a detention centre instead of jail might suggest hopes of an early release.