2009年6月23日星期二

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai testifies against Gunman

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Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai testifies against GunmanDay two of the sensational trial of alleged perpetrators Huang Nanhua mainland amid more intense media interest in Hong Kong's High Court

50-year-old Huang has pleaded not guilty to using a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit an arrestable offense.

The prosecutor said retired Democrat legislator Martin Lee and the media mogul Jimmy Lai were likely targets of Huang. The two "victims" were fierce criticism from Beijing.

Star witness Tuesday was Lai, chairman of the next Media Group publishes the newspaper Apple Daily.

Before the court, said Lai Lee was one of his best friends. Lai confirmed a piece of paper seized by Huang listed his home address and the restaurants that he visited and Lee together. He identified himself in a photograph in possession Huang.

During his cross-examination, Lai said that he did not believe everyone wants to harm him or Lee. He also said he never felt like he respected.

Lai continued to say that if anyone planned to attack him, "it would have happened a long time ago." The court also heard he does not believe that the Communist Party wants to harm him. Lai said he had no money and no problems, conflicts with the triads.

Huang himself confessed accomplice, 50-year-old Ho Wai-came, the court said on Tuesday that he unknowingly smuggle a pistol and five cartridges from Shenzhen to Hong Kong.

He has pleaded guilty to the less serious offense of possession of a firearm and ammunition in exchange for testimony against Huang. He said Huang asked him to have a bag over the border, but does not know it was a weapon inside, Huang called him up when he arrived in Hong Kong.

The court heard that Huang gave him U.S. $ 320, after the fact, however, Ho claimed that it was not in connection with the exchange and was a "friendly" basis. He also confirmed that Huang had previously asked him to find Lee's office address.

The plot was foiled on 14 August last year, when a routine police check found Huang with a weapon.

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