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Thursday, October 27, 2016, 18:15

Ex-CE Donald Tsang appears at court over graft charges

By chinadailyasia.com
Ex-CE Donald Tsang appears at court over graft charges
This Oct 11, 2016 photo shows 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. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

HONG KONG – The graft trial against former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is set to be heard in the High Court on Jan 3.

Tsang returned to the High Court on Thursday morning to face two counts of misconduct in public office and one count of a chief executive accepting an advantage.

Tsang returned to the HC Thursday to face two counts of misconduct in public office and one count of a chief executive accepting an advantage

Tsang, 72, is the highest-ranking official ever to be charged by the city’s anti-corruption watchdog – the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Charges that Tsang faces center on a three-story penthouse flat in Shenzhen which he rented from Bill Wong Chor-bau, who was a major shareholder of a radio station that was then in the middle of applying for a broadcasting license from the government.

Tsang was also reported to have suggested during his time as the city’s leader in December 2010 to July 2011 that Barrie Ho Chow-lai – the interior designer of the flat –be nominated for an honor by the government.

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Each charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail, according to the law.

The High Court earlier approved another graft charge filed by the prosecutor as Tsang was alleged to have accepted the refurbishment of the flat by Wong as an advantage.

Tsang’s wife Selina Tsang Pau Siu-mei accompanied Tsang on Tuesday morning.

A total of 26 witnesses are expected to testify during the 20-day hearing as scheduled.

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