After three years of anguish while he waited for Hong Kong's anti-corruption body to complete an investigation into his ties with the city's tycoons, former chief executive Donald Tsang found out on Monday he was being charged with misconduct in public office.
True to his reputation as an unflappable administrator, he appeared resolute as he arrived in court on Monday to face the charges, wading through the massed ranks of the city's rambunctious journalists wearing one of his trademark bow ties, with his wife by his side.
He stands accused of failing to disclose that he rented an upmarket apartment from a businessman who later received a broadcasting licence and that the architect he had nominated for a civic award had designed the flat's interior.
Hong Kong's Department of Justice said there was insufficient evidence to bring further charges related to allegations that he received other inappropriate favours from businessmen, including overseas flights on private jets and the use of luxury yachts.
After a lengthy investigation, the prosecution is seen by some in Hong Kong as a blow to the cosy relationship between the city's political class and its influential billionaires, which has endured while inequality and the cost of living have spiralled to painful levels.