A woman who had been named by a court but not charged as a co-conspirator in a blackmail plot against a male member of a religious group over his gay sex acts was formally charged yesterday. Li Dora Kay, 59, unemployed, was charged in Kowloon City Court with two counts of conspiracy to blackmail for allegedly scheming with Cheung Ka-wo to extort more than HK$6.3 million from the victim and the head of his religious group between April and May last year. The charges came less than a week after Cheung, 28, a doctoral student in economics at Chinese University, was jailed for four years after he was found guilty of conspiring with Li to blackmail the victims. A judge described his act as despicable and an 'attempted murder of the soul' of the victim. Cheung filmed himself and a male member of a religious organisation indulging in sex acts, then allegedly conspired with Li to blackmail him. The man eventually handed over HK$811,000, the court said. Although Li and Cheung were both arrested by police in May last year, Li was not charged because the prosecution said it was still gathering evidence against her. The prosecution had refused Cheung's offer to become a prosecution witness against Li. Li did not enter a plea yesterday. The prosecution applied to transfer the case to the District Court. It also said the victim was unlikely to give evidence in court. Principal Magistrate Anthony Kwok Kai-on ordered that the case be tried in the District Court and freed Li on HK$30,000 bail. She was ordered not to leave Hong Kong, to surrender her travel documents and not to interfere with the victims or witnesses. She must live at the address registered with the court and report to police every week. Kwok also issued a gag order barring the media from reporting the identity, the job and any information leading to the identification of the blackmail victims. The case was adjourned to September 28. Cheung's lawyer Albert Luk Wai-hung welcomed the prosecution. 'It is fair that Li is finally charged. Prosecution against Li was necessary to prove that prosecution by the Department of Justice was not selective,' he said. Luk added that Cheung had submitted an application for leave to appeal against his conviction.