Hong Kong's ex-leader found guilty of misconduct

Hong Kong's ex-leader found guilty of misconductHong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang was found guilty of misconduct while in office, making him the first Chief Executive to be convicted in a criminal trial, Hong Kong media reported on Friday.

The 72-year-old Tsang held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005 and is the highest-ranking Hong Kong official to face a corruption trial.

The allegations are linked to a failure to disclose his plans to lease a luxury flat in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen from a major investor in a broadcaster - which at the time was seeking a license from the Hong Kong government.

Tsang is accused of approving the company's application for the license. He is also accused of accepting a bribe in the form of HK$3.35 million in renovations of the penthouse, prosecutors said, including a gym, tea room and calligraphy room.

In addition, Tsang failed to declare that an architect he proposed for a government award had been employed as an interior designer on the flat.

A nine-member jury found Tsang guilty of one count of misconduct in public office. He was cleared of a second count of misconduct and the jury failed to reach a verdict on a third charge of accepting an advantage.

The jury had taken 20 hours across two days to reach its guilty verdict, after hearing four weeks of evidence from the prosecution, including testimony from former chief secretary Henry Tang and Carrie Lam, another top civil servant who is running to be the next Chief Executive.
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