Former chief executive Donald Tsang pleads not guilty over corruption
Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang recently pleaded not guilty to misconduct charges. Donald Tsang was charged with two counts of misconduct in public office, contrary to common law. The charges relate to Tsang's interest in a three-storey flat in Shenzhen, which he is alleged to have failed to disclose. Our earlier ebulletin with background on the case can be found here. The Magistrate referred the case to the High Court for trial. A date has yet to be set, and Tsang has been released on bail.
ICAC issues press release on latest Corruption Perceptions Index
The Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong's anti-corruption regulator, issued a press release about the newly released global Corruption Perception Index. Hong Kong, whilst dropping a place, retains its 2014 score. A number of recent high-profile cases in the territory may have contributed to the slight drop. The ICAC in fact saw a 24% increase in the number of convictions in 2015, and an 80% conviction rate. An ICAC survey published in 2015 also found that only 1.3% of respondents had encountered corruption in the past year, lower than the previous year.