Having fled Hong Kong so easily, Godber was
confident he could remain free. The difference
in the laws of Britain and Hong Kong had convinced him that he could never be extradited from the United Kingdom on a charge of possessing "financial assets disproportionate to his official emolument" because no similar offence was stipulated in England.

Such smug calculations may have worked but for the ICAC's persistence to unearth new evidence. The ICAC deployed a core group comprising such top officers as John Prendergast, Director of Operations, Gerald Harknett, Deputy Director of Operations and two Assistant Directors to follow up the case. The biggest problem they faced was that although there was material evidence, they were unable to find any witnesses. Mr Wong Kwok-leung, incumbent ICAC Chief Investigator, who was involved in the