Casino Mogul Testifies in Vegas in Contract Suit

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino billionaire and GOP super-donor Sheldon Adelson made a rare public appearance Thursday as the lead witness against a Hong Kong businessman who is suing his company for $328 million.

Richard Suen claims he made it possible for the casino company to win a license in Macau by arranging meetings between executives and Beijing officials in 2001. Sands lawyers say those meetings didn't help the company, because licenses are distributed by official in Macau, not on the mainland.

Adelson arrived at the Las Vegas courthouse wearing a navy suit, blue tie and white shirt with his initials embroidered on the cuff.

Sands' lawyers have sought to limit media access to the mogul's testimony, but the arguments were mostly overruled.

Adelson's testimony was expected to last at least two days.


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