Tycoon publisher Jimmy Lai Chee-ying yesterday rejected the possibility that anyone would plot to shoot him or former Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming. And if he was going to be the target of a violent attack, it would have happened a long time ago, Mr Lai told the trial of alleged gunman Huang Nanhua, 50. When asked what he had told police after Huang and confessed accomplice Ho Wai-kam, 50, were arrested last August over an alleged plot to shoot two of the city's most prominent citizens, Mr Lai replied: 'I said I don't believe it.' Mr Lai, publisher of the Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily, also threw cold water on suggestions that his tabloid-style publications might have made him the target of violent reprisals from Beijing or an organised crime figure. 'You don't think that [your publications] would upset anyone enough to create a motive for someone to harm you?' barrister Francis Cheng, for Huang, said yesterday. 'Correct,' Mr Lai replied. The chairman of Next Media also dismissed a stormy relationship or debt problems as a possible motive. Huang pleaded not guilty to carrying a firearm and ammunition with the intent to commit an arrestable offence. Such offences include shooting with intent and kidnapping, prosecutor Peter Chapman told jurors this week. Huang, a Shenzhen resident, had a shoulder bag with a gun and bullets when he was arrested at a Mong Kok roadblock on August 14, his trial in the Court of First Instance heard on Monday. The defendant also had a picture of Mr Lai, his home address, and the address for Mr Lee's Democratic Party branch office in North Point. A list found in Huang's possession named four restaurants and a Chinese medicine clinic that both men had visited together, the court heard. Mr Lai's testimony largely mirrored that of Mr Lee, who said the pair had infrequently dined at the listed establishments. The men had gone to the Mong Kok clinic together a few times, but not for six or seven years, Mr Lai testified. But the media mogul said of Mr Lee: 'I don't have a lot of friends, but he is one of my best friends.' The publisher had trouble remembering certain details, such as when a newspaper picture of him wearing a suit had been taken. 'I don't know - I've been wearing that suit for 20 years,' he said. Mr Lai also could not remember whether he had given a statement to police until Mr Cheng presented him with a four-page witness statement dated August 23. Mr Lai confirmed he had also talked to police again a few months ago. Ho testified yesterday that Huang had asked him to take a bag across the border from Shenzhen early on August 13. When he arrived in Hong Kong, he learned that the bag contained a homemade gun with .32 calibre bullets. Ho said he hid the weapon and ammunition in plastic bags before returning them to Huang the next day, August 14. Huang was arrested that evening and Ho several days later, the court heard. Ho testified that he and Huang had lent each other money as friends but had no business relationship. Ho pleaded guilty in April to possession of firearms and ammunition, in exchange for testifying against Huang. He has not been sentenced. The trial continues.