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Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang to stand trial over corruption scandal

A 25-day hearing set for September 26, with Tsang to face one count of accepting an advantage as the city’s leader

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 11:15am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 11:40pm

Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will face a 25-day corruption trial in September.

Tsang, 72, is facing one count of accepting an advantage as the city’s chief executive between 2010 and 2012. He is accused of accepting the refurbishment and redecoration of a three-storey Shenzhen penthouse as a reward for granting various applications to a local radio station.

The date of the trial, September 26, was scheduled on Monday at the High Court, with another pretrial proceeding set for May 12.

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The trial, expected to last for 25 days, will be heard before Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai.

Tsang is accused of accepting the redecoration of the property at East Pacific Garden in Shenzhen while he was the city’s chief executive and president of the top decision making body Executive Council.

Prosecutors said the redecoration was a reward for granting radio station Wave Media – later renamed Digital Broadcasting Corporation or DBC – a digital audio broadcasting licence, the surrender of its AM licence and its application to appoint Arthur Li Kwok-cheung as the broadcaster’s director.

Tsang’s wife Selina Tsang Pou Siu-mei and his brother Tsang Yam-pui, the city’s former police commissioner, attended the closed-door hearing on Monday.

Accompanying them was Katherine Tsang King-suen and his son Thomas Tsang Hing-shun.