Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Three More Months

An announcement will be made in less than three months about Donald Tsang
Back in March we were told the investigation into former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen "has entered its final stage", and now the latest update is that we should know in less than three months if he will be prosecuted for graft or not.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keith Yeung Kar-hung dismissed concerns Tsang would flee Hong Kong to escape legal liabilities, a scenario he said was "quite unlikely".

Should we be so sure?

In any event, Tsang is accused of accepting favours from tycoons while in office from 2005 to 2012.

Three months earlier Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said the investigation was wrapping up and that technical issues about laws were being sorted out.

If Tsang is convicted, he will be the highest-ranking former official ever to be involved in a bribery trial.

His chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan, was jailed for 7.5 years in December, after a jury convicted him of taking almost HK$20 million in bribes from associates related to Sun Hung Kai Properties. He is appealing.

In addressing criticism that the investigation has taken over three years, Yeung said: "The public is legitimately concerned about this case -- this is obviously an important case. But there is more than one facet... to the case. Compilation of certain evidence... involves investigations outside Hong Kong," he said.

"The views of outside independent counsel have been sought, and the prosecutions division has been in contact with the Independent Commission Against Corruption."

We will try to wait patiently another three months to find out Tsang's fate...

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