Jury selection for the trial of former Akai Holdings boss James Ting is expected to begin at the High Court this morning, with the failed tycoon facing two false-accounting charges. Prosecutors would then be free to open the case against Ting, who yesterday denied both charges before Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson, in a trial that is scheduled to run for 25 days. The first charge the businessman faces relates to the audited accounts for Semi-Tech (Global) for the year to January 1999, in which it is alleged they falsely showed that the company, later named Akai, had an interest in an associate. In the second charge, Ting is accused of false accounting in relation to a letter of Semi-Tech (Global) dated June 26, 1999, addressed to accountancy firm Ernst & Young. It was allegedly stated that Semi-Tech held certain shares in another company worth US$38.46 million. The consumer electronics firm owed creditors more than US$1 billion when it was ordered wound up by a court in August 2000. It entered the history books for posting a US$1.72 billion loss in late 1999. The businessman was charged in May 2003 after a two-year absence from Hong Kong.