Government prosecutors are close to a decision whether to file formal charges against former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang for alleged misconduct.
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said the process is in the final stage, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Yuen made the remarks in an interview with local broadcaster TVB on Tuesday.
Investigators from the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) have sifted through mountains of evidence since the probe began in 2012, Yuen said.
Tsang, in office from 2005 to 2012, allegedly accepted advantages from business tycoons and misused public money.
These included travels on private planes and yachts, sharply reduced rent on a Shenzhen luxury flat and extravagant foreign trips.
Yuen said Hong Kong people will understand the amount of time the investigation has taken once details are made public.
Ryan Wong, ICAC deputy commissioner and head of operations, declined to comment on the case but said any public servant who accepts gifts but not report them is liable to prosecution.
He said such acts are illegal even if these are made to build interpersonal relationships and do not lead to any advantages for the originating party.
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