China | Former HK chief jailed 20 months for misconduct in office
Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang and his wife Selina arrive the High Court in Hong Kong, China February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang and his wife Selina arrive the High Court in Hong Kong, China February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Former HK chief jailed 20 months for misconduct in office

Donald Tsang, however, faces a September retrial on the corruption charge after the jury failed to reach a verdict

February 22, 2017 12:33 PM (UTC+8)

Hong Kong former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was given a 20-month jail term on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, RTHK reported, citing a High Court verdict.

Tsang will file an appeal on his misconduct case.

Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai said the starting point of the sentence is 30 months in prison. He reduced it by 10 months because of Tsang’s service to Hong Kong and good character.

Chan said the court would restart the trial for a corruption charge against Tsang in September as the jury failed to reach a majority verdict last Friday.

Tsang, 72, was denied bail on Monday and remanded in custody pending sentencing. After he arrived in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre for several hours, he was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital at Kings Park in Kowloon because he had difficulty breathing.

He has since remained in the hospital and was escorted to the High Court in Admiralty on Wednesday morning.

Last Friday, the city’s former leader was found guilty of misconduct for failing to declare that between 2010 and 2011 he was in discussions about renting a three-story penthouse in the city of Shenzhen. The discussions were with a firm partly owned by businessman Bill Wong, whose company was applying to the government for a digital radio broadcasting license.

The jury failed to reach a majority verdict on whether Tsang was guilty of accepting as an advantage the refurbishment of the penthouse. The jury were dismissed after the trial.

Tsang is the first leader of Hong Kong to be convicted in a criminal case.

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