SOLICITOR Oscar Lai Ka-to yesterday withdrew his application to adduce statements by Warwick Reid and the transcript from the Alick Au Shui-yuen case as fresh evidence in his appeal against conviction. Reid, a former top government lawyer who is serving a seven-year sentence for corruption, was the main prosecution witness against both Lai and Au. Lai, 57, was sentenced to seven years for bribing Reid in return for fixing prosecutions. Solicitor Au is serving a four-year sentence for helping Reid flee the territory. The Court of Appeal was told yesterday by Lai's counsel, Richard Ferguson QC, that the transcript of former government lawyer Kevin Egan's trial would be allowed in when the appeal is heard in March, although the Crown could argue that it was irrelevant. Mr Egan was acquitted of charges connected with Reid's flight. The Crown may also argue at the appeal that Reid should be recalled and cross-examined by Mr Ferguson. The agreement between the parties saved the court five days' sitting time. The Court of Appeal comprised Mr Justice Bokhary, Mr Justice Bewley and Mr Justice Leonard. Adrian Huggins QC, appeared for the Crown.