Thomas and Raymond Kwok, the billionaire co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., pleaded not guilty to corruption charges involving payments and loans to Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official Rafael Hui.
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The prosecution’s bribery case against Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd.’s billionaire co-chairmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok and Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official Rafael Hui will be ready by March, a court was told.
Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. Co- Chairman Raymond Kwok denied any wrongdoing and his brother Thomas said it was business as usual five days after Hong Kong’s anti-graft regulator detained the pair as part of a bribery investigation.
The billionaire co-chairmen of Hong Kong’s biggest property developer will face bribery-related charges, public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong reported as Thomas and Raymond Kwok returned to the headquarters of the city’s anti-graft agency three months after being arrested.
Hong Kong stocks swung between gains and losses after Premier Wen Jiabao’s called for more government support to help China’s poorest regions, while a report showed profit declined at mainland industrial companies.