Disgraced Hong Kong official Rafael Hui has received an endorsement from his former boss before his sentencing on a graft conviction.
Donald Tsang, who was Hong Kong chief executive when Hui was No. 2 in the government, was among several public figures who wrote the High Court seeking leniency for the former chief secretary.
Tsang urged the judge to consider Hui’s contribution to society, saying he was “devastated” by the conviction.
Hui is a person of extraordinary intelligence and interpersonal skills, and records show that he performed brilliantly, Tsang said.
Former University of Hong Kong vice chancellor Tsui Lap-chee, former lawmaker Lau Chin-shek and Secretary for Commerce and Industry Chau Tak-hay also filed mitigation pleas.
Chief prosecutor David Perry urged the court to consider the impact of corruption and misconduct by civil servants.
He is asking Hui to return HK$19.68 million (US$2.54 million) in bribes.
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