Carson Yeung is set to begin the battle for his liberty in a Hong Kong court.
The Birmingham City president stands trial to answer five counts of alleged money laundering, totalling £59.7 million.
If convicted, Yeung could be sent to prison for a minimum of five years.
If that was to happen, the impact on Blues would be great.
He would have to step down from the board, according to the Football League’s ‘fit and proper persons’ test.
And Yeung has pumped his own money into Blues through £13.7 million worth of loans and currently has all his assets frozen following his arrest in June last year.
Yeung has a 26 per cent stake in Blues parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Ltd.
That is the single largest shareholding and, to all intents and purposes, he is the driving force behind Blues, the owner.
The trial, due to begin on November 28, is expected to last a minimum of three weeks, but could quite feasibly stretch out for longer. It will be held in the Hong Kong District Court, which means there will be no jury.
A judge will decide and deliver the verdict. It has become clear that the trial is viewed as a major event in Hong Kong.
And the director of public prosecutions in Hong Kong, Kevin Zervos SC, is leading the case against Yeung.
The case centres on cash amounting to HK$721,287,606 moved into and out of five accounts that were held by Carson Yeung and his father Yeung Chung between 2001-2007, before he bought Blues through Grandtop International, which is now BIHL.
Yeung has pleaded not guilty.
It has been reported that the prosecution have 33 boxes of documents containing over 4,000 pages of evidence against Yeung.
On Friday, Yeung failed in a last-ditch attempt to get the trial postponed for six months.
Yeung argued that he had been unable to assemble the necessary defence team he needed, and had raised £800,000 towards costs but needed more money.
Judge Stanley Chan threw out his appeal and Yeung was criticised for ‘hijacking’ the court with his move. To what degree the verdict would affect any potential takeover of the club is hard to predict.
Blues, however, could still change hands regardless because the other shareholders in BIHL would be able to vote a sale through.
BIHL own 96 per cent of Blues.