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The property billionaire jailed for offering illegal payments to Hong Kong’s former No 2 official told his family that he was busy in prison and not to miss him too much during

the Lunar New Year.

Former Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong has already spent two Lunar New Year holidays behind bars after his conviction in a high-profile graft case involving former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan.

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal dismissed Kwok’s appeal, saying that it was not necessary for the prosecution to prove that the conspirators agreed or intended that Hui would commit a specific act of serious misconduct.

READ MORE: Denied – Rafael Hui staying behind bars as former Hong Kong No 2 loses appeal over HK$19.7 million bribe conviction

Kwok’s son, Adam Kwok Kai-fai, the current SHKP executive director, said his father told the family to go on vacation and not to miss him too much, his son said.

They went skiing in Canada, Adam Kwok told reporters.

“My father comforted us by saying he was busy in prison,” he said.

Adam Kwok revealed that his grandmother was very concerned about Thomas Kwok.

“I don’t know how to explain today’s decision to her,” he said, eyes red.

In December 2014, Hui, who served as chief secretary from 2005 to 2007, was jailed for 7½ years for pocketing almost HK$19.7 million in bribes and inducements and committing misconduct in public office.

Kwok was sentenced to five years in jail for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office involving HK$8.5 million worth of illegal payments.

The tycoon brought his Bible to court on Tuesday, though he had to bring it back to Stanley Prison.

Adam Kwok said he believed that his father would remain faithful in the coming days despite the disappointment.

READ MORE: Thomas Kwok appeals against conviction of giving Rafael Hui HK$8.5m

His uncle, SHKP chairman Raymond Kwok Ping-luen, who was acquitted of all counts in the jury verdicts in December 2014, did not come to court on Tuesday.

But several SHKP veterans and friends came to the Court of Appeal to support the grey-haired Kwok before and after the result was out.

The younger Kwok said that the same legal team would help his father fight the final appeal – despite having lost twice.

“They have explained our positions very accurately in court,” he said.

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