Hksar v Wong Wai

Cited as:[1998] 1 HKLRD 671
Court:Court of Final Appeal (Hong Kong)
Judgement Number:FAMC1/1998
Judgment Date:21 Apr 1998
FAMC000001/1998 HKSAR v. WONG WAI

FAMC No. 1 of 1998

IN THE COURT OF FINAL APPEAL OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS NO. 1 OF 1998 (CRIMINAL)

(ON APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL

FROM CACC No. 265 OF 1997)

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Between:
WONG WAI Applicant
AND
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION Respondent

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Appeal Committee: Chief Justice Li, Mr Justice Ching PJ and Mr Justice Bokhary PJ

Date of Hearing: 21 April 1998

Date of Determination: 21 April 1998

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D E T E R M I N A T I O N

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Mr Justice Ching PJ:

1. The applicant faced three charges in the District Court. He was convicted upon his own plea of the second and third charges that he had been in possession of false instruments and that he had been in possession of equipment for making false instruments contrary to sections 75(1) and 76(1) of the Crimes Ordinance, Cap. 200. He pleaded not guilty to but was convicted of the first charge that he had used false instruments contrary to section 73 of the same Ordinance. His appeal to the Court of Appeal was dismissed. Subsequently that Court refused to certify that a point of law of great and general public importance was involved. He now brings the matter before us.

2. The applicant, a man called Zhou Rui-xiong and the latter's wife were shareholders in a limited company, Ankon International Limited, which had been incorporated in Hong Kong in March of 1994. The three shareholders were also the directors of the company and the applicant was also its secretary. It had done no business and the trial Judge found that at the time of the offence it had two bank accounts containing a total of less than $2,000. In November of 1996 Zhou and the applicant, together with a man called Lau Chi-hung, met with senior officials of the Bank of East Asia. They showed the officials what purported to be nine certificates of deposit issued by the China Construction Bank. Eight of them were in the sum of US$8,000,000 each and the ninth was in the sum of US$10,000,000. Six of them showed the depositor to be Ankon. It was proposed that for a service charge of 1 per cent of the face value of the certificates the Bank of East Asia should accept them for safe custody upon which Lau would advance to Zhou 35 per cent of their face...

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