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Wang will seeker 'tells blatant lies'

THE alleged lover of Asia's richest woman had been telling deliberate lies in defending his claim to her entire estate, a lawyer said yesterday.

The remarks came as lawyers wrapped up a sensational courtroom battle over the multibillion-dollar estate of late real estate magnate Nina Wang that has gripped Hong Kong for months.

Two wills have emerged since Wang died of cancer in April 2007 aged 69. A July 2002 will bequeaths her estate to the Chinachem Charitable Foundation Ltd, set up by Wang and her late husband.

The other was put forward by feng shui adviser Tony Chan, who claims the two were lovers and that Wang instead left him her fortune in a will written in 2006.

On the last day of the 40-day trial yesterday, Chinachem lawyer Denis Chang accused Chan, 49, of telling "deliberate and blatant lies" that were "self-serving, unbelievable and self-contradictory" in a bid to be Wang's sole heir.

Chang said in his closing statement that he had included in his submission to Judge Johnson Lam "pages and pages of lies" told by Chan.

Chinachem's lawyers had alleged earlier in the trial that the 2006 will was not genuine, but rather part of a feng shui ritual that Wang believed could prolong her life.

Chang also said yesterday that a witness's testimony that he saw her sign a document in 2006 that was only a partial will - supplementing the 2002 document - showed that Wang did not intend to give Chan her entire estate.

The witness also recalled in earlier testimony that the partial will left a special gift of HK$10 million (US$1.29 million) to someone surnamed Chan. He could not confirm whether the document he witnessed was the same produced by Chan that claimed Wang's entire estate.

Another Chinachem lawyer, Benjamin Yu, also cast doubt on the authenticity of Chan's 2006 will, saying it was unusual for Wang to have left out her company Chinachem, which she held dearly.

"The document does not even talk about her pride, her joy of establishing the Chinachem empire," said Yu.

Wang's husband, Teddy Wang, disappeared after he was abducted in 1990. He was declared dead in 1999.

Judge Lam said yesterday that he would hand down his ruling by early next year.


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