Date
15 December 2017
Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang arrives at the High court ahead of his sentencing after a high-profile corruption trial. Photo: RTHK
Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang arrives at the High court ahead of his sentencing after a high-profile corruption trial. Photo: RTHK

Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in jail

Former chief executive Donald Tsang was on Wednesday sentenced to 20 months in prison after he was convicted on a charge of misconduct in office.

Announcing the sentence, Justice Andrew Chan said at the High Court that Tsang had breached the trust of Hong Kong people by engaging in improper conduct while serving as the chief executive.

Tsang, who held Hong Kong’s top post for seven years until June 2012, was on Friday convicted of misconduct for failing to disclose his plans to lease a luxury flat from businessman Bill Wong, whose company was later granted a digital radio broadcasting license.

Chan said he’s never seen a man fallen from so high a position, RTHK reports.

At the same time, the judge remarked that it is indisputable that Tsang had dedicated himself to public service for more than forty years.

Chan said he had set a starting point of 30 months in prison, but gave a discount of ten months because of Tsang’s past good character and service to Hong Kong.

He also noted that the granting of the radio license application, which was at the center of this case, had gone through due process.

Tsang’s wife, his two sons and siblings were present at the court as the judge gave his ruling.

Former justice secretary Wong Yan-long, who was among those who wrote to the court to plead for leniency, also showed up, according to RTHK.

Tsang, 72, will be re-tried on a corruption charge on which the jury failed to reach a majority verdict last week.

It alleges that Tsang has accepted as an advantage the Shenzhen penthouse from Wong, in return for the granting of a digital radio license to one of his companies.

The judge has tentatively scheduled the proceeding to September but a date has yet to be fixed.

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