Macau ex-prosecutor faces nearly 2,000 charges
MACAU: Macau’s disgraced former top prosecutor faces nearly 2,000 criminal charges, according to the Chinese gambling enclave’s highest court, which will try Ho Chio-meng ( pix) next month.
Ho, who was Macau’s prosecutor general for 16 years until 2014 and was once tipped for the job of the city’s leader, was arrested earlier this year as he attempted to travel to Hong Kong, according to media reports.
The 1,970 charges Ho faces include abuse of power, fraud, money laundering, illegal sharing of economic benefits and even starting a criminal syndicate, according to a statement from the city’s c ourt of f i nal a ppeal r e l e a s e d Thursday.
Ho’s case will be heard on Dec 5, the statement added.
The charges also include an alleged 44 million patacas (RM23.5 million) he took in kickbacks, reports said.
The trial i s one of the biggest corruption cases involving government officials in the former Portuguese colony since 2009. – AFP