Former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was sent back to jail on Friday after the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against his conviction for misconduct in public office, but his jail term was cut from 20 months to 12 months.
The unanimous decision by the three judges at the Court of Appeal means that Tsang, previously released on bail after serving about two months, would have to return to jail, Reuters reports.
Upon hearing the decision, the 73-year-old Tsang bit his lip and appeared emotional, public broadcaster RTHK said.
Tsang’s lawyer immediately indicated he intended to file an appeal and attempted to apply for bail, but the judge advised him to read the judgment before doing anything.
Tsang was then escorted out of the courtroom into custody.
Tsang was the most senior official in Hong Kong to fall foul of the law when he was jailed last February on a charge of misconduct in public office for failing to disclose to the Executive Council a property deal he had with businessman Bill Wong between 2010 and 2012.
At the time, Exco was considering several issues relating to one of Wong’s companies, including an application for a digital radio license, the report said.
Tsang served as chief executive from 2005 to 2012.
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