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
pursuit of Godber, said, "We did have in our hands a lot
of material evidence to prove Godber controlled a huge
amount of unexplained assets. It's just too bad that nobody was willing to come forward to testify against him. Perhaps, people were still rather conservative in those days; they'd rather choke with silent fury instead of speaking out. On the other hand, it's also because they were unsure about the newly-formed ICAC. However, we believed time and performance could help us gain their trust."