After searching Godber's home and car, the Police's next move was to be Godber's arrest if he failed to give a satisfactory explanation of his financial affairs upon the expiry of the seven-day deadline. And to thwart any attempt to evade justice, the Police requested the Immigration Department to notify all control points at Kai Tak Airport to stop Godber from leaving the territory.

The Police would have succeeded, if not for the seven-day "vacuum period". It had been unable to garner sufficient evidence against Godber before that June 11 deadline, so they could neither arrest him nor take any legal action. Godber, therefore, had a chance to play his "trump card", which was a special airport security permit issued to police officers. He used the permit to circumvent immigration controls and headed for England en route Singapore on June 8. The fact that the