HONG KONG: Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang was jailed again on Friday (Jul 20) after losing an appeal against his sentence for misconduct in public office, according to a report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in jail last year, but was granted bail after denying graft and pleading not guilty.
While he will be jailed again, Tsang successfully appealed against his 20-month jail sentence, which was reduced to 12 months, SCMP reported.
The prosecution had previously asked Tsang to pay a third of its legal costs, amounting to HK$4.6 million (US$586,000). The appeal court decided that he had to pay only HK$1 million.
The devout Catholic is the most senior city official to serve time behind bars, bringing an ignominious end to what had been a long and distinguished career, before and after the 1997 handover of the former British colony to Chinese rule.
A nine-person jury ruled last February that Tsang had deliberately concealed private rental negotiations with property tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau while his cabinet discussed and approved a digital broadcasting licence for a now-defunct radio company, Wave Media, in which Wong was a major shareholder.