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Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 12:11

Former HK CE faces additional graft charge

By chinadailyasia.com

Former HK CE faces additional graft charge
Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang, accompanied by his wife Selina Tsang Pau Siu-mei, leaves the High Court in Admiralty, Hong Kong, after attending a hearing into additional charge of violating the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance on Oct 11, 2016. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)
HONG KONG – Former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will face an additional charge of violating the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance as he allegedly failed to disclose a three-storey flat in Shenzhen during his term, the High Court decided at a pre-trial review hearing on Tuesday.

The High Court allowed the prosecutor to also charge Tsang with accepting an advantage from an agent, which is alleged to include the refurbishment and redecoration of the penthouse.

The High Court allowed prosecutors to change the indictment so that Tsang is now facing three charges instead of two.

Tsang is already facing two counts of misconduct in public office of withholding the information about leasing the penthouse flat from 2010 to 2012, as well as failing to declare interest when he recommended an architect, the interior designer of the flat, to receive an honor by the government.

Tsang, accompanied by his wife Selina Tsang Pau Siu-mei, arrived at the High Court Tuesday morning to attend the hearing. He did not speak to reporters before entering the building.

Tsang is the city’s highest-ranking official ever to be charged. He is scheduled to stand trial, beginning Jan 3, 2017.

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