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Disgraced former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang may attend court hearing over bribery retrial

Court records show morning pre-trial review scheduled on March 13 before same judge who jailed ex-chief executive

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 March, 2017, 8:56am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 March, 2017, 8:56am

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may attend a brief court hearing on Monday dealing with procedural matters in relation to his retrial.

Court records show that a pre-trial review will take place at 9.30am on March 13 before Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai, who jailed the disgraced one-time chief executive last month.

The session is scheduled to take 30 minutes.

Tsang became the city’s highest-ranked official to be put behind bars after he was sentenced on February 22 to 20 months in prison for misconduct.

The former leader also faces a retrial, tentatively set for September, for a bribery charge on which the jury failed to reach a verdict.

At a pre-trial review, all parties are required to provide the court with information regarding the availability of their counsel, witnesses and experts as appropriate so that the judge is able to set a reasonable trial date.

Tsang, who is serving time in the maximum-security Stanley Prison, may attend the session.

Selina Tsang Pou Siu-mei, his wife of almost 50 years, vowed last month to lodge an appeal.

In reply to a Post inquiry, a Department of Justice spokesman said on Tuesday that it had yet to receive any notice of appeal in relation to Tsang.