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Firm Linked to Imperial Pacific Arranged Saipan Lawmakers' Trips

  • Son of casino owner described as Esteem Capital representative
  • Same Hong Kong address was listed for Esteem, Imperial offices
The Best Sunshine Live casino.

The Best Sunshine Live casino.

Photographer: Dax Bruce/Bloomberg

The company that paid for controversial fact-finding visits to Hong Kong and Macau by lawmakers from the U.S. territory of Saipan has connections to the operator of the island’s casino, according to evidence accepted by a Hong Kong court this month.

In a High Court judgment issued March 16 in a suit over casino debts, Judge Bebe Pui Ying Chu found “credible” the overall testimony of a Chinese gambler who said that Ji Xiaobo and Cai Lingli were representatives of a firm called Esteem Capital Success Ltd. in the fall of 2013. Ji’s mother owns a controlling stake in casino operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd., while Cai is its executive director. Ji was the Saipan casino’s project manager as of November, the company said then.