Jailed former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang sent to hospital over breathing problem

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, his wife Selina and son Thomas, arrive at the High Court in Hong Kong, on Feb 20, 2017.
Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, his wife Selina and son Thomas, arrive at the High Court in Hong Kong, on Feb 20, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG - Jailed former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang was sent to hospital for treatment on Thursday (April 13) after suffering an apparent breathing problem, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) website reported.

Tsang, who is serving a 20-month jail term for misconduct in office, was sent to Hong Kong's Queen Mary Hospital for treatment after the 72-year-old complained of breathing difficulties on Thursday morning, the SCMP reported, citing a source. He was earlier sent to the prison's health clinic for a consultation.

"Medical officers decided to send him to a public hospital in the afternoon for further treatment and examinations due to his asthma condition," the paper quoted a source as saying.

The Correctional Services Department declined to comment on the matter. A spokeswoman for the department told the paper: "All correctional institutions contain medical facilities and provide 24-hour basic medical services by doctors from the Department of Health."

Tsang was in February sentenced 20 months in prison for misconduct during his term, becoming the highest-ranking official in the city to be jailed.

Tsang had been convicted of misconduct for failing to disclose a conflict of interest during rent negotiations for a luxury apartment with a landlord who at the time was applying for a broadcasting licence.

He has appealed against both his conviction and his sentence, as well as applied for bail.

A hearing has been set for April 24, according to the SCMP.

Tsang served as Hong Kong's chief executive from 2005 to 2012.