FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2017 file photo, Donald Tsang, former leader of Hong Kong walks out of the High Court after being granted bail following his conviction. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
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Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months Wednesday for misconduct in public office, making him the most senior city official to serve time behind bars in a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law.The sentence brings an ignominious end to what had been a long and stellar career for Tsang before and after the 1997 handover to Chinese control, service that saw him knighted by the outgoing British colonial rulers.The nine-person jury Friday found Tsang guilty of a charge of misconduct in public office.Tsang was acquitted of a second misconduct charge.In a regular column published in the AM730 newspaper before sentence was passed, Tsang said working in the government for 45 years was the "biggest honor of his life". Tsang's legal woes look set to continue, however, with the court saying a retrial would be tentatively set for September for another bribery charge on which jurors failed to return a majority verdict.
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