Former TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan has applied to the Court of Final Appeal for permission to challenge a previous ruling that found him guilty in a bribery case.

Chan and his assistance Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun were fined HK$84,000 and HK$28,000 respectively by the High Court in December. They were found guilty of conspiracy to accept an advantage as an agent in October, after a successful second appeal by the Department of Justice.

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Stephen Chan. File Photo: Stand News.

In handing down the judgment, Judge Poon Siu-tung said the case was different to similar cases as there were no elements of graft present, and that it was a crime on a technicality with no dishonesty or intent to deliberately conceal. Thus, no jail sentence was imposed. After the ruling, the Department of Justice said that they would not appeal the sentence.

The Court of Final Appeal has arranged for Chan’s application to be dealt with at 9:30am on June 29. The hearing is expected to last two hours. However, no similar application by Tseng was found in the records, according to the Court of Final Appeal’s website.

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The CFA’s new home in the former Legislative Council building. File Photo: Wikicommons.

According to the charges, the pair received HK$112,000 for a 2009 event at the Olympian City shopping mall in Tai Kok Tsui—a payment which Chan failed to disclose to his then employer, TVB.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.