Some of you may be wondering what is happening with respect to the Deborah Annells trial in the District Court.
The case for prosecution and the defence has concluded and it now remains for counsel to submit their closing submissions. John Marray, for the prosecution will make his presentation on September 24th next week and Paul Stephenson who is acting for Annells on September 29th. Judge Eddie Yip Chor-man will give his verdict on October 9th in court 29 at the Wanchai District Court.
Annells who is 56 has pleaded not guilty to one count of committing an act intended to pervert the course of justice, one of attempted fraud and one of possessing a false instrument. She is accused of using a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the sale of her business, AzureTax, for a consideration of US$1 million in an attempt to secure a tenancy for office premises and by way of support for an application to vary the terms of her bail. Subsequent investigations by the police, according to Prosecutor John Marray, showed that the original terms of the MOU were for HK$1 million.