Amid the glare and din of media coverage, former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen stood grave-faced as he heard the charges filed against him at the Eastern Magistrates Court on Monday. He left with only a terse statement protesting his innocence.
It was his wife Selina Tsang Pau Siu-Mei who poured out the emotion, reading out a 200-word statement in an agitated tone outside the courthouse in support of her husband.
She said Tsang, whom she has known for 56 years, had been thinking about nothing else but doing his best as the city’s leader, Apple Daily reported on Tuesday.
“Our original wish was to have a life of peaceful retirement but we got just the opposite, having been haunted by endless troubles for the past three and a half years,” she said.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong’s graft-busting agency, charged Tsang on Monday morning with two counts of misconduct in public office over the lease of a luxury flat in Shenzhen.
She said she deeply believes the court will eventually clear her husband of the charges.
She thanked her family, friends and some citizens, who have offered the couple their support while Tsang was being investigated.
Tsang was released on a HK$100,000 (US$12,903) bail and told to appear in court on Nov. 13.
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