Former HK chief executive jailed 20 months for misconduct in public office

Former Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct in public office

HONG KONG, Feb 22 — Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang, the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the city’s history, was jailed for 20 months today for misconduct in public office.

The sentence brings to an ignominious end what had been a long and stellar career for Tsang in the Asian financial hub before and after the 1997 handover to Chinese rule, and reaffirmed what some observers said was Hong Kong’s strong rule of law in bringing even the most powerful to justice.

Tsang, famous for his bow ties, was escorted in handcuffs to the court from hospital where he’d been staying since Monday night after experiencing breathing difficulties and chest pains.

Scores of establishment Hong Kong figures including top former officials had wrote letters vouching for Tsang’s good character and longstanding public service over four decades in a bid for mitigation ahead of sentencing.

The nine-person jury had earlier found Tsang guilty of a charge of misconduct in public office.

He had deliberately concealed private rental negotiations with property tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau while his cabinet discussed and approved a digital broadcasting licence for a now defunct radio company, Wave Media, in which Wong was a major shareholder.

Former Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct in public office
February 22, 2017 – MMO


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