Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen could face criminal prosecution on charges of improper conduct in office, although the city’s anti-graft body has insisted that its investigation is yet to be concluded, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday, citing sources.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice said Thursday that the agency has been communicating with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on the case and that it is reviewing all information at hand. It is inappropriate to comment on the case at the moment, he said.
It has been two years since the ICAC began an investigation into Tsang’s alleged involvement in some questionable acts, including one where he is said to have rented a luxury house at a low price of 80,000 yuan (US$12,830) per month from Wong Cho Bau, a major shareholder of Digital Broadcasting Corporation Hong Kong Ltd., according to Apple Daily.
Media reports in the past had also raised other charges of improper association with business tycoons and extravagant living by Tsang, who stepped down as Hong Kong’s chief executive on June 30, 2012.
Among the charges leveled against Tsang was an accusation that he once took a private jet offered by Chongqing tycoon Zhang Song-qiao to travel to Phuket in Thailand and to Japan. It was also alleged that the former leader took a luxury yacht offered by another businessman to go to Macau and stay at a top-class suite at The Venetian casino resort.
There has been widespread talk in legal and political circles that the ICAC has found sufficient evidence to prosecute Tsang for improper behavior while he was a civil servant.
Meanwhile, some mainland sources have indicated that the extent of Tsang’s corruption could be much wider than what the media has suggested so far, Apple Daily said. The amount involved could be as much as HK$600 million (US$77.38 million), according to the sources.
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