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Controversial businessman Lew Mon-hung felt ill and was sent to hospital on Wednesday for medical treatment after spending two nights behind bars.

Lew, who was convicted of perverting the course of

justice and had been detained at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre since Monday, told correctional officers he felt unwell and needed medical assistance shortly before noon yesterday. He was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further examination under custody.

“The department decided to move Lew on Wednesday to Stanley Prison to serve his sentence,” a source close to the matter said. “He also requested a single cell and special protection.”

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“But Lew felt sick before departure. We needed to send him to hospital,” the source added.

Dressed in brown prison garb, Lew was wearing a breathing aid when he was loaded onto an ambulance on a stretcher. It was unclear what kind of heath problems Lew suffered and if he was in good condition after treatment.

His legal representatives could not be reached for comment on Lew’s situation, and it was also unclear when he could be discharged.

The 67-year-old former deputy in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, nicknamed “Dream Bear”, was sentenced to 18 months in jail on Monday for sending letters and emails to the chief executive and the city’s top graft-buster in a bid to stop an investigation in which he was involved.

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Upon arrival at Lai Chi Kok after the court judgment, it was understood Lew was admitted to a ward of the centre’s hospital for medical care.

Stanley Prison is one of five maximum-security facilities in Hong Kong and houses male criminals who serve life or long-term sentences. It also holds high-security risk inmates and those requesting protection.

Ex-chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and former Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong are currently serving sentences in Stanley.

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