Hong Kong's former chief executive Donald Tsang denied bail before February 22 sentencing for misconduct in public office. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang was denied bail on Monday and remanded in custody pending sentencing on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, becoming the most senior public figure to spend time in jail, local broadcaster RTHK said.

A nine-member jury had found him guilty in the High Court on Friday.

In explaining the decision to deny bail, the judge said he didn’t have a different “set of rules for the rich,” RTHK reported.

An emotional Tsang, with eyes reddened, talked to his wife and two sons briefly behind the glass screen of the dock before being taken away, it said.

Earlier the prosecution said Tsang will be retried on a corruption allegation on which the jury failed to return a majority verdict.

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