Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang was Monday charged with misconduct during his time in office the latest high-profile corruption case to hit the city.
Tsang ended his term in disgrace in June 2012 after admitting to accepting gifts from tycoons in the form of trips on luxury yachts and private jets, but insisted there was no conflict of interest.
He has since been under investigation by the city’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Tsang, 70, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005, is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon, according to reports.
He would become the highest-ranking Hong Kong official to face a corruption trial.
The charges against Tsang are in connection with his failure to file conflict of interest declarations to the Executive Council – the de facto cabinet – according to government-owned broadcaster RTHK.
They come less than a year after Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government’s former deputy leader Rafael Hui were jailed for graft after Hui was found guilty of taking bribes from Kwok and Kwok’s brother Raymond.
While serving as chief secretary for administration, Hui was Tsang’s deputy from 2005 to 2007.
He was jailed in December for seven and a half years on a total of five graft charges, making him the highest-ranking official in the city’s history to be found guilty of taking bribes.
Prosecutors said Hui had enjoyed an extravagant standard of living that far outstripped his official salary, having spent millions on a mistress in Shanghai, for whom he bought gifts from bags to watches to properties.
He was accused of receiving HK$34 million ($4.39 million) to be the Kwoks’ “eyes and ears” in government.
FAIRBANKS — A month-long legal battle begins Monday about the freedom of four men convicted of a 1997 Fairbanks murder and the fairness of the trials that led to their convictions. If successful, the four men convicted of killing 15-year-old John Hartman could go free after years behind bars. But first, they have to prove for a judge the reverse of what three juries decided more than 10 years ago: They need to prove they are “actually innocent” of the crime. Their case goes beyond finding flaws in the prosecutions that put them in jail. They name a group of five other former Fairbanks teenagers who they say are Hartman’s real killers. Of the four men, George Frese, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent remain in jail, serving sentences of between 38 and 64 years. The fourth, Marvin Roberts, was released on parole this summer. They would make history if they prevail. They would be the first Alaskans to win exoneration by proving “actual innocence” in a civil suit, according to Bill Oberly, the executive director of the Alaska Innocence Project and the attorney for two of the four petitioners.
From mid-July to the end of September, 10 percent of all Anchorage Fire Department emergency medical transports were due to suspected use of the synthetic drug Spice. As the problem persists, Anchorage officials hint that stronger enforcement measures may be on the horizon.
An eagle-eyed Chinese internet activist has raised questions about the rampant corruption in China after spotting countless senior Chinese officials apparently wearing wristwatches they could not possibly afford on their official salaries.
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The death in prison of a Japanese man who spent more than 46 years facing execution, after a conviction based on a forced “confession”, underlines the urgent need for a review of all similar cases, Amnesty International said today.
New York state Assemblyman Stephen M. Katz (R) from Mohegan Lake was pulled over for speeding when a police officer found a “small bag” of marijuana on Thursday. Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, punishable by a fine of up to $100. Shortly after the arrest, Katz issued a statement.
“This should not overshadow the work I have done over the years for the public and my constituency. I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”
This week, those of us who don’t have a lot of Dutch friends learned that the Dutch are very tall, and it might be because of cheese. They love cheese, reports the BBC. We love cheese, too. Any tall Dutch people wishing to bond over cheese can say so in the comments section.
Investigators including cyber experts and hate crime specialists worked Friday to reveal the life of a 26-year-old gunman whose massacre across an Oregon campus may have been driven by religious rage and a fascination in the twisted notoriety of high-profile killers.
In one of the deadliest of a series of school shootings that have become violently familiar across the U.S., a gunman opened fire at a community college in southwestern Oregon on Thursday morning, killing at least nine and injuring seven others before dying in a shootout with police.
HIS boyhood enthusiasm for the countryside, especially for its birds, never left him. His heart soared at the sight of a red kite or a hen harrier. He mourned how rarely he heard the song of the yellowhammer, “a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheese”, on his hikes through the hills of mid-Wales to which he had retreated, close to the River Wye.
Eric Hobsbawm was a rare bird himself: “the last living Communist”, as he was teased at his 90th birthday party, and one of the last committed Marxist historians. He had become a Communist at secondary school in Berlin in 1932, and joined the party when he went up to his beloved King’s, Cambridge in 1936, because politics was his passion and it was either Hitler or the other side. But he remained for 50 years until Communism foundered, collapsing “so completely”, he wrote, “that it must now be obvious that failure was built into this enterprise from the start.” Why, then, had he stayed? Because he was of the generation that believed the October Revolution of 1917 was the great hope of the world; and he could not bear to betray either the revolution itself, or those who had fought for it.
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