HONG KONG Previous Hong Kong main executive Donald Tsang, the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the city’s record, was jailed for 20 months on Friday for misconduct in public office.
The sentence brings to an ignominious conclude what experienced been a prolonged and stellar career for Tsang in the Asian monetary hub just before and following the 1997 handover to Chinese rule, and reaffirmed what some observers explained was Hong Kong’s robust rule of law in bringing even the most strong to justice.
Tsang, famous for his bow ties, was escorted in handcuffs to the courtroom from clinic wherever he’d been keeping considering the fact that Monday night time following going through respiration complications and upper body pains.
Scores of institution Hong Kong figures together with major previous officers experienced wrote letters vouching for Tsang’s fantastic character and longstanding public assistance more than four many years in a bid for mitigation forward of sentencing.
The 9-person jury experienced earlier discovered Tsang responsible of a charge of misconduct in public office. He experienced deliberately hid non-public rental negotiations with property tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau whilst his cupboard talked over and authorized a electronic broadcasting license for a now defunct radio enterprise, Wave Media, in which Wong was a major shareholder.
Tsang was acquitted of a second misconduct charge.
His conviction provides to a number of scandals ensnaring strong officers that have marred the previous British colony’s name as a comparatively corruption-free modern society.
Tsang’s authorized woes looked set to continue, nonetheless, with the courtroom saying a retrial would be tentatively set for September for an additional bribery charge for which jurors failed to return a bulk verdict.
(Reporting by Venus Wu Editing by James Pomfret and Nick Macfie)