Ex-radio host Cheng Wing-kin graft conviction upheldLocal | 11 Mar 2020 11:58 am
Hong Kong’s top court has dismissed an appeal by a former online radio show host who wanted to overturn his conviction for trying to bribe people to run in the 2015 district council polls, RTHK reports.
Cheng Wing-kin had aimed to get localists to stand in the polls to split votes for the pro-democracy camp.
He was initially jailed for four years before his sentence was later shortened to three years and three months upon appeal. He had already finished serving the sentence.
Arguing the case himself, the 35-year-old had told the Court of Final Appeal in January that election laws are to govern the corrupt acts of elected councillors, rather than candidates. He also argued that he didn't prevent the polls from being conducted fairly and openly.
But the judges unanimously upheld the conviction, saying Cheng had intentionally engaged in unlawful acts and asked others to stand for election for personal gain, undermining a fair and honest election.
During the original trial, Cheng had claimed that the HK$800,000 he offered as a bribe, which nobody took, had come from mainland businessmen.