HONG KONG, April 24 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court on Monday
granted bail to former leader Donald Tsang, who was jailed in
February for 20 months for misconduct in public office, the
broadcaster RTHK reported.
Tsang, wearing his signature bow-tie, was transferred to
court from hospital, where he had been taken from the city's
Stanley Prison this month after complaining of breathing
problems, RTHK said.
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 in 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.
Tsang, 72, had denied graft and pleaded not guilty.
Jurors failed to return a majority verdict for another
charge related to bribery, with a re-trial tentatively set for
(Reporting by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Robert Birsel)