The chairman of Leung Chun-ying's successful election campaign defended the incoming chief executive who has come under fire for six illegal structures found at his two homes on The Peak.
Barry Cheung Chun-yuen said the credibility of Leung is not at stake since he was unaware the structures were illegal.
Cheung sprang to the defense as the Labour Party threatened to put forward a motion of no-confidence in Leung at the Legislative Council on Wednesday.
"You can blame him for being neglectful but this is not about credibility. That's because he really did not know there were unauthorized structures at his home," he said on a Commercial Radio program.
The first report of an unauthorized 100-square-foot glass enclosure came on Thursday.
The following day, it was disclosed there were five other illegal structures.
Three were found at 4 Peel Rise - a trellis erected in the garden, a storehouse next to the trellis, and a metal gate.
Two others were found at 5 Peel Rise - a 200-square-foot basement and an enclosed parking space on the ground floor.
Leung insisted he is only responsible for the glass enclosure, which was demolished on Friday. The other structures were there when he moved in in 1999.
But building experts have found this claim to be suspicious because registration documents show Leung bought the houses directly from developer Housing Development Ltd.
Cheung described the experts' remarks as "irresponsible" as the houses were built in 1992.
Lau Yiu-chu, a director of the developer, who was at Sha Tin racecourse yesterday, said he sold the houses to Leung "many years ago." He could not remember whether the unauthorized structures were already there.