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Tony Chan offers reward for 'truth'

Joyce Man

Fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen is offering a HK$10 million reward for information to help him 'uncover and get at the truth' of the late Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum's estate. He is advertising the offer in at least three Chinese-language newspapers today.

'I'm not targeting anyone,' Chan said. 'I'm hoping to find out the truth through the advertisements.'

Chan says in the notice that HK$10 million will be paid for 'any solid information [including any inside information, evidence and fingerprint samples of Nina Wang or documents executed under her hand] that will enable me to uncover and get at the truth in relation to Nina Wang's estate, so that justice can be seen to be done and my innocent self exonerated'. Should more than one person come forward with such material, the sum will be paid in equal parts, the notice reads.

The Court of First Instance has ruled that Chan presented a fake will and that a will held by the Chinachem Charitable Foundation, set up by Wang, was genuine. Chan lost his appeal and filed his notice to the Court of Final Appeal in May.

Chan earlier complained to the Ombudsman that police failed to make available results of forensic tests of the will that was ruled fake.

Before that, he accused an unidentified lawmaker of telling him not to appeal to the highest court over his claim to the estate.

Also yesterday, Chan announced he had hired two senior counsels, Clive Grossman and Alexander King, to represent him in his criminal and civil cases. Chan, 51, was represented by Cheng Huan SC when he appeared on charges of forgery and using a false instrument.

Chan stands accused of making a false will that he claimed was Wang's. He is due at Eastern Court on the criminal charges tomorrow.

Chan was charged in late May. Commercial crime bureau detectives picked him up at the Four Seasons Hotel in Central. He was formally arrested and charged at police headquarters.

He was later released on HK$20 million bail and HK$20 million surety by his brother, on condition he surrender his travel documents and not leave Hong Kong. He is also to live at his residence on The Peak and report to police twice a week.