- Title: CHINA: Hong Kong police arrests feng shui master for forging tycoon's will
- Date: 5th February 2010
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (FEBRUARY 4, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ABOUT CHAN'S ARREST
- Embargoed: 20th February 2010 12:00
- Location: China
- Country: China
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVA94PCLFCDKZ10DSVYSN3QGZ83U
- Story Text: Hong Kong police arrested the feng shui master at the heart of a multi-billion dollar battle for the fortune of late tycoon Nina Wang, local media said, after a court ruled her will was likely forged.
Police picked up Tony Chan from his luxury home late on Wednesday (February 3) evening and seized some evidence.
Chan's wife, Tam Miu-Ching, was also brought in by police but later released.
After being questioned at the police station, Chan was taken to his offices in Hong Kong's Cyber Port, where local media showed several people, including Tony Chan's lawyer, Jonathan Midgley, inside.
A police spokeswoman would only say that a 50-year-old man, surnamed Chan, had been arrested in Hong Kong's luxury mid-levels district on suspicion of forging a document.
She added he was being kept in police custody overnight and is still under investigation.
Police in Hong Kong tend not to name a suspect in full until formal charges are laid.
Earlier in the day, Cable TV filmed Chan entering Hong Kong's Marina Club for lunch, flanked by bodyguards.
Shortly afterwards, officers from Hong Kong's commercial crimes unit raided Chan's mansion located on Hong Kong's exclusive Peak.
Chan claimed that Wang had left her fortune to him, her former lover, presenting in court a 2006 will naming him as the sole heir of her estate.
But after a marathon probate hearing, a high court judge ruled this week that the will is a forgery, and said it was unlikely the tycoon would have left Chan all her money.
Chan's will contradicted an earlier will drafted by Wang in 2002, leaving her fortune to the Chinachem Charitable Foundation, with links to her family.
Wang, known as "Little Sweetie" after a Japanese manga cartoon character and her giggly persona, was one of Asia's wealthiest women with a business empire which included the Chinachem Group, Hong Kong's largest private property developer.
She died of cancer in 2007 aged 69.
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