Bribery convict Patrick Ho Chi-ping, the disgraced former secretary for home affairs from 2002 to 2007, has arrived in Hong Kong in the morning today, reports say.
The 70-year-old Ho was convicted of bribery in the United States last year and was freed from a New York jail on Monday.
He served 36 months in jail and was also fined US$400,000. At the time, he was a senior figure of Shanghai-based oil conglomerate CEFC China Energy, demed to be a think tank.
Ho was convicted on seven counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering in December 2018.
He had pleaded not guilty. In sentencing, Judge Loretta A Preska had called corruption “an insidious plague,” CNN reported at the time.
She noted that it is “found in all countries — big and small, rich and poor — but it is in the developing world that its effects are most destructive.”