Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  China News  




Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















SINO DAILY
Hong Kong leadership favourite testifies in corruption trial
by Staff Writers
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 26, 2017


Hong Kong leadership hopeful Carrie Lam testified in a high-profile corruption trial Thursday where she described the accused -- a former city leader -- as her "role model".

Donald Tsang is charged with misconduct and bribery while he was Hong Kong's chief executive and is the highest-ranking official to be taken to court for graft.

The trial comes at a time when residents are losing faith in Hong Kong's elites, as a string of corruption cases fuel public suspicions over cosy links between authorities and business leaders.

Lam was made secretary for development in 2007 during Tsang's administration and said he "had been my role model in my career as a public servant", when she was called as a prosecution witness at the city's High Court.

Lam answered "yes" when the defence counsel asked whether Tsang did his "honest best to serve the public".

Tsang, 72, was leader from 2005 to 2012 and has pleaded not guilty to three charges of misconduct and bribery, each with a maximum jail sentence of seven years.

He is accused of failing to disclose his plans to lease a luxury penthouse in the neighbouring city of Shenzhen from a major investor in a broadcaster -- which at the time was seeking a licence from the Hong Kong government.

Tsang allegedly approved the company's application for the licence, and also failed to declare that an architect he proposed for a government award had been employed as an interior designer for the flat.

Lam denied knowledge of the Shenzhen property.

She also said she had not come under pressure when she nominated the architect for the award after he was suggested to her department by the chief executive's office.

"Of course I made my own judgement," she said.

The prosecution has called Tsang's behaviour a betrayal of public trust.

In 2012 Tsang apologised for separate allegations that he accepted inappropriate gifts from business friends in the form of trips on luxury yachts and private jets.

Lam was most recently tough deputy to unpopular current chief executive Leung Chun-ying.

She stepped down earlier this month to run for election in March and is widely seen as Beijing's favourite candidate to lead the semi-autonomous city.

But since announcing her bid Lam has been accused of being out of touch with ordinary people.

She was this week ridiculed for revealing she did not know where to buy toilet paper late at night and appearing hesitant using a subway turnstile.


Comment on this article using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

.


Related Links
China News from SinoDaily.com






Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
SINO DAILY
Trump to ruffle feathers in Year of the Rooster
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 24, 2017
US president Donald Trump will strut through the Year of the Rooster, thriving as Hong Kong geomancers predict 2017 will be marked by the arguments and aggression that are characteristic of the animal. With Trump at the top of the pecking order, the volatile traits of the rooster - combined with the year's signature element of fire - mean rocky times ahead, particularly in the western wor ... read more


SINO DAILY
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

SINO DAILY
Australia opens door to China in push to save TPP

Japan posts first annual trade surplus since Fukushima

EU envoy says China must open market to match soaring words

Trump trade moves chilling, could hurt US business: trade experts

SINO DAILY
SINO DAILY
British PM says Trump 'recognises importance of NATO'

Trump aims for 'unquestioned' US military dominance

Japan to conduct simulated drills for China-Taiwan clash

James Mattis sworn in as Trump's defense secretary

SINO DAILY
Georges Besse II plant reaches full enrichment capacity

France takes key step towards closing ageing nuclear plant

New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction

Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water

SINO DAILY
Big Brother will have some difficulty 'watching you' in future

China cracks down on bids to bypass online censorship

India turns to AI as cyber warfare threats grow

Assange says would go to US only if rights guaranteed: WikiLeaks

SINO DAILY
Georges Besse II plant reaches full enrichment capacity

France takes key step towards closing ageing nuclear plant

New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction

Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water

SINO DAILY
Largest US offshore wind farm gets green light

Renewables a big boost for GE's profits

Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News








The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement