Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang pleads not guilty to bribery

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang (centre) and his wife Selina arrive at the High Court for his trial on a bribery charge in Hong Kong, on Sept 26, 2017.
Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang (centre) and his wife Selina arrive at the High Court for his trial on a bribery charge in Hong Kong, on Sept 26, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang, who was jailed in February for 20 months for misconduct in public office, on Tuesday (Sept 26) pled not guilty to one charge of accepting an advantage when he was in office.

Tsang, 72, who served as chief executive from 2005 to 2012, was accused of accepting an advantage in his position from January 2010 and June 2012 in a high-profile bribery trial involving an allegedly corrupt relationship between Tsang and a local radio station, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.

The fallen leader allegedly accepted refurbishment and decoration work on a three-storey penthouse in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen that he had rented from the Shenzhen East Pacific Group, owned by property tycoon Bill Wong Cho Bau.

He had in February been found guilty of misconduct for failing to disclose his rental negotiations with Mr Wong while his Cabinet discussed and approved a digital broadcasting licence for a now defunct radio company, Wave Media, in which Mr Wong was a major shareholder.

Prosecutors have said the service on the rented penthouse in Shenzhen was a reward for Tsang to become "favourably disposed" to Wave Media, which was later renamed Digital Broadcasting Corporation, reported SCMP.

The High Court trial is expected to end on Nov 2, according to Ming Pao news site.