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Double Whammy, a real case 賠了夫人又折兵=真实个案  

2010-02-05 04:45:37|  分类: 香港 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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On 31st December 2009. I posted a blog about Chinese metaphor or Chengyu  賠了夫人又折兵which literally means "lose your wife and the army" in Chinese or can be translated as "double whammy" in English. There is a real case in the news in Hong Kong. It is the case of the fortune teller, Tony Chan, and his legal battle for the estate of Nina Wang Kung, who was recognised as the richest woman in Asia, when she passed away in 2007. The estate is said to be worth US$13 billion. On 2nd February, the High Court of Hong Kong ruled that the will in Chan's possession, on which he based his claim on the estate on, is fake. Chan not only lost the legal battle in the civil court, but, also in this morning, he was arrested by the Hong Kong Police and is likely to face criminal charges for forging the will  Further, it is likely that he would not only lose all his personal assets but also face jail sentences. It is really a double whammy to Chan. 

Feng shui master denied Nina Wang fortune in Hong Kong

A court in Hong Kong has thrown out a feng shui master's claim to the multi-billion dollar estate of Asia's richest woman, Nina Wang.Tony Chan, who said he was Nina Wang's lover, had argued she left him her fortune in a 2006 will. But a high court judge said the will was a fake and a 2002 will was valid which left the estate to a charitable trust run by Wang's family.Nina Wang's Chinachem was worth $4.2bn (£2.1bn) when she died in 2007. The fortune had been part of an earlier dispute with her father-in-law.


High Court Judge Lam Man-hon ruled: "The court finds that the 2006 will was not signed by Nina." "The 2002 will truly reflected the long-held intention on the part of Nina to leave her estate to charity," the ruling said.The competing 2002 document left the estate to the Chinachem Charitable Foundation, which was set up by Wang and her husband and is run by members of her family. The Chinachem Charitable Foundation's lawyer, Keith Ho, told reporters outside the High Court that the foundation was "very happy with the result"."The main point is that the judge accepted the evidence from us that some signatures in the 2006 will are forgeries," he said.Mr Ho said the foundation would continue to "carry out its charitable purpose".


Mr Chan's lawyer said his client was "extremely disappointed" by the judgment."But he appreciates how difficult this sort of trial is to judge and that there has to be a judgment," said Jonathan Midgley.He said Mr Chan's position remained "the same as it has always been - namely that the will in question was given to him by Nina and accordingly it is inconceivable that that will is a forgery".Mr Midgley said Mr Chan would appeal against the ruling.


By the time Nina Wang died of cancer in 2007, she had created a huge business empire - a conglomerate of high-rise towers and companies around the world.Her life was marked by the 1990 kidnap and disappearance of her husband, Teddy Wang Teh-huei. She wore miniskirts and her hair in pigtails into old age and was reputedly very frugal, despite her wealth, says the BBC'. Nina Wang paid half the HK$60m (US$7.7m) ransom for him early on, before proof of life had been made and, unusually, the money and most of the kidnappers were found, but never the body of Teddy Wang. When he never came back she refused to accept his death and reportedly spoke of wanting to join him. Teddy's father later claimed his son's fortune as his own, alleging that Teddy had been upset at an alleged affair of Nina's..A court ruled it was a forgery in 2002 but a higher court reversed that ruling in 2005, and Nina Wang inherited the estate.








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