Donald Tsang and wife Selina enter Eastern Court to hear charges against him
Apologies to regular readers of The Fragrant Harbour blog! I'm currently on a cruise in North America and the internet charges on the ship are so high that I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday and may be intermittent in the next week or so.
We are pleased to finally see that former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has finally been formally charged with two counts of misconduct while in public office.
They cover his alleged failure to disclose his interests in his Shenzhen penthouse between 2010 and 2012 to various bodies, including the Executive Council while he was in office.
He is also accused of approving a licensing bid by Digital Broadcasting Corporation, a radio station of which penthouse owner Bill Wong Chor-bau is a major shareholder, and of proposing the flat's interior designer, Barrie Ho Chow-lai for nomination of the city's top honours.
Tsang made a court appearance today with his wife and after the charges were read out, he said, "I understand".
He was granted HK$100,000 bail and was told to notify if he changed residence 24 hours beforehand.
Looking at the pictures, Tsang is trying to look stoic -- claiming in a statement that he had "a clear conscience" and "had every confidence the court will exonerate him".
His wife of 56 years, Selina Tsang Pou Siu-mei, said she was "disheartened" and had words of support for him having been a public servant for 45 years.
"[Donald] is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a man of honesty and integrity," she said. "We longed for peace and tranquility in retirement, away from politics. Instead we now find ourselves dragged into a whirlpool."