Court told of tainted letter blamed for copter row

Local | Sophie Hui 24 May 2019

Andrew Edward Tse, the nephew of casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun, told a court yesterday that Cheyenne Chan Ung-iok grassed on him by using a government letter from Wilson Fung Wing-yip which caused him to lose control of a helicopter business.

Fung has pleaded not guilty to one count of a public servant accepting an advantage and another count of misconduct in public office. Chan has denied one count of offering an advantage to a public servant.

Fung, former deputy secretary of the Economic Development and Labour Bureau, allegedly received HK$510,000 from Chan as deposit on a Mid-Levels flat at One Robinson Place.

A former assistant secretary of the bureau also said she suspected Fung changed the letter to Tse's airline as the wording and tone was not normally used in government documents.

Tse, who joined Shun Tak in 1982, told District Court Justice Douglas Yau Tak-hong that Chan, the sister of Ho's third wife Ina Chan Un-chan, entered the company four years after him.

Tse said he founded Helicopters Hong Kong with Ho in 1995. At the beginning, he had 40 percent of shares, and Ina Chan owned 60 percent of shares on behalf of Ho. Later, Cheyenne Chan also wanted to join, and Tse gave 10 percent of his shares to her.

Tse said about a year later he allowed Chan to handle the work of the helicopter business, and their relationship became worse, as they always had arguments.

Tse said on the last day of 2005, he received a call from Ho who blamed him for infuriating the government, and Ho told him not to touch the helicopter business any more, and passed it to Chan.

Tse said he was puzzled but he later learned that the bureau had faxed a letter to Hong Kong Express Airways, complaining that the company did not fully utilize air freedom.

Chan also told him she had passed the letter to Ho.

Tse said he did not argue with Chan about why he was not informed first as he believed Chan has grassed on him.

The hearing continues today.

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