A couple used a charity set up to save Chinese tigers as their personal piggy bank, funding a lifestyle of extravagant dinners and wine, a court heard.
Li Quan claimed money for the Save China’s Tigers charity was used to fund the lavish personal lives of her and her estranged husband Stuart Bray as she told the High Court she was entitled to more of the couple’s assets than Mr Bray is prepared to give.
Ms. Li claimed money put into the charity, which counts Jackie Chan as an ambassador, was directly used by the pair. She says more than £50 million worth of assets is at stake.
She said Mr. Bray had told her “repeatedly over the years” not to make a distinction between the “charities, the trust and the companies” because they are “one and the same”.
She said her estranged husband, who denies her claims, had her removed from the board of the charity and that she had “no power.” She also alleged he put money during their relationship into a trust, to which he had access through a “back door.”
So THAT is why she is coming clean?!
Mr. Bray, 50, is yet to give evidence.
Evidence in the case is being heard at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court but Mr Justice Coleridge has given permission for the case to be covered by journalists.
Save China’s Tigers website says it is “one of the most dynamic conservation organizations” in the world and has links to China, the UK, South Africa and the United States.
The website says few, if any, Chinese tigers exist in the wild.
The couple set up the charity in 2000 and the charity helped fund a survey of the Chinese tiger. In 2002, Mr Bray acquired 33,000 hectares of land in South Africa for a “rewilding program”, says the website.
The following year two Chinese tiger cubs – Cathay and Hope – traveled to South Africa for “rewilding training”. And in 2004 two more cubs – TigerWoods and Madonna – left China for Laohu Valley Reserve, the website states.
By 2011 the number of South China tigers at Laohu Valley had risen to 12, it adds.
See for yourself! www.savechinastigers.org