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Money Chau Chak Wing denies UN bribe in defamation case against Fairfax Media

04:35  13 june  2018
04:35  13 june  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Chinese-Australian businessman Chau Chak Wing , who is suing Fairfax Media for defamation . Photo: Sahlan Hayes. Mr Chau alleges the article defamed him by accusing him of participating in a conspiracy in 2013 to bribe former UN general assembly president John Ashe; acting in "so seriously

Businessman Chau Chak Wing , who is suing Fairfax Media for defamation , leaves the NSW Federal Court. Mr Chau alleges the article defamed him by accusing him of participating in a conspiracy in 2013 to bribe former UN general assembly president John Ashe; acting in "so seriously wrong a

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Australians have a "puzzling and perhaps disturbing" attitude to philanthropy and Fairfax Media falsely accused Chinese-Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing of involvement in a bribery scandal, his barrister has told the Federal Court on the first day of his defamation case against the publisher.

Businessman Chau Chak Wing, who is suing Fairfax Media for defamation, leaves the NSW Federal Court. © AAP Businessman Chau Chak Wing, who is suing Fairfax Media for defamation, leaves the NSW Federal Court. Mr Chau, one of Australia's most generous political donors, is suing the publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age over an online article, titled "Are Chau Chak Wing's circles of influence in Australia-China ties built on hot air?" and published on October 16, 2015.

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Mr Chau alleges the article defamed him by accusing him of participating in a conspiracy in 2013 to bribe former UN general assembly president John Ashe; acting in "so seriously wrong a manner as to deserve extradition" to the US on bribery charges; and building an Australian business empire by making "illicit payments" to government officials.

Fairfax Media denies the article conveyed those allegations. In the event the court finds it did so, the publisher has also pleaded the defence of qualified privilege, which requires a media outlet to show a defamatory article was of public interest and it acted reasonably in publishing it.

Journalist John Garnaut. © AAP Journalist John Garnaut. The article, written by former Asia Pacific editor John Garnaut, was published after US prosecutors accused Chinese-Australian woman Sheri Yan and her finance chief Heidi Park of arranging a $US200,000 bribe for Mr Ashe in 2013.

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In an explosive speech last month, Federal Liberal MP Andrew Hastie used parliamentary privilege to claim Mr Chau was an unindicted co-conspirator, identified as "CC-3" in US court documents, who was the alleged source of the funds funnelled to Mr Ashe.

Mr Chau's barrister, Bruce McClintock, SC, told Justice Michael Wigney on Tuesday there had been "a lot of publicity" about his client but the case was "not about that".

James Hmelnitsky, SC, for Fairfax, said the publisher "[made] no bones about the fact this is a hard-hitting article" directed to Mr Chau "which would be understood to damage his reputation" but the allegation was that he was "strongly suspected" of involvement in a bribery scandal rather than that he was guilty.

In his opening address to the court, Mr McClintock said Mr Chau, who has an honourary doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney, had "done some extraordinary things for this country" including funding UTS scholarships "to the tune of $5 million" and spending a further $25 million on the university's striking Frank Gehry-designed business school.

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Alleged bribery of UN officialEdit. Chau Chak Wing was named in an FBI investigation in the case of bribery of the former president of the United Nations General Assembly, John Ashe. In December 2016 he launched a lawsuit against Fairfax Media alleging he had been defamed .[7].

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Mr Chau, who gave evidence via an interpreter, said it was the school's idea to name the building in his honour.

Mr McClintock said his client had also made significant donations to a range of other philanthropic causes for which he obtained "no reward other than perhaps having his name made prominent".

Chinese-Australian businessman Chau Chak Wing, who is suing Fairfax Media for defamation. © Sahlan Hayes Chinese-Australian businessman Chau Chak Wing, who is suing Fairfax Media for defamation. Mr Chau told the court he assisted Woodside in 2002 to obtain a natural gas contract with China worth $25 billion and "I didn't gain any benefit for myself".

Mr McClintock said there was "something puzzling" about Australia's attitude to philanthropy and the US embraced philanthropy by successful business people such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

"Australians have a different attitude to that - a puzzling and perhaps disturbing one," Mr McClintock said.

He said this was "not what this case is about" before pausing and adding, "perhaps it is".

Mr McClintock accused Garnaut of having a "puerile attitude of resentment and gloating" towards Mr Chau because he wrote in an email to his Daily Telegraph rival, Michael Sainsbury, early on October 16: "This must be about the most rewarding story the motherland has ever given us. I LOVE IT."

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Mr McClintock also accused Garnaut of writing the story about Mr Chau in "extraordinary haste" - over about eight hours - because he "felt gazumped" after the Telegraph named Mr Chau in connection with the bribery scandal in its story on October 15, 2015.

Mr Chau told the court he was "very hurt" by the allegations and "my concern is my reputation is damaged severely".

He said if the allegations in the Fairfax article continued, his health was at risk and "I may even be subject to [a] heart attack".

Mr McClintock did not ask Mr Chau about his political donations but the businessman agreed under cross-examination by Mr Hmelnitsky that he had donated to both major parties.

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