Date
28 March 2017
Donald Tsang (right) and his wife arrive at the High Court for a hearing of his case. Photo: RTHK
Donald Tsang (right) and his wife arrive at the High Court for a hearing of his case. Photo: RTHK

Donald Tsang faces new bribery charge

Former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is facing a new corruption charge over the refurbishment of a three-storey flat in Shenzhen.

It is alleged that Tsang accepted an advantage in the form of the refurbishment of the flat, which he was renting from businessman Bill Wong Cho-bau, public broadcaster RTHK reports.

Digital Broadcasting Corp. (DBC), in which Wong was a major investor, was applying for a digital radio license at the time.

At a pre-trial review hearing on Tuesday, the High Court allowed prosecutors to change the indictment, which means Tsang is now facing three charges, instead of two.

The new charge accuses him of having taken the refurbishment as inducement, reward, or for duties he performed or abstained from performing as chief executive between 2010 and 2012, in violation of the anti-bribery law.

He is also accused of misconduct in public office by allegedly failing to declare that he was negotiating rental arrangements for the flat with Wong, when DBC was applying for the license, the report said.

Tsang is also accused of not declaring his connection with interior designer Barrie Ho Chow-lai, who worked on the flat, when he recommended him to receive a medal of honor from the government.

He has denied the two charges.

The case was adjourned until Oct. 27 for another hearing.

If convicted of the charges, he may face a fine of as much as HK$500,000 and a prison term of up to seven years, the report said.

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