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Hong Kong tycoon Thomas Kwok loses final corruption appeal

Property mogul to return to jail for bribing city's former No. 2 official

Thomas Kwok Ping-Kwong, former co-chairman of developer Sun Hung Kai Properties, is taken away from the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong lost his final appeal Wednesday against a conviction for bribing a senior official, closing the curtains on one of the highest-profile corruption cases in the territory.

The Court of Final Appeal decided that Kwok was guilty of the charge of "conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office" for paying 8.5 million Hong Kong dollars ($1.09 million) to Rafael Hui Si-yan, who was chief secretary, the territory's second-highest official from 2005-2007.

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