Former chief prosecutor Ho Chio Meng was sentenced to 21 years of imprisonment.
After hearing the verdict, Ho screamed “injustice” and that “he didn’t owe anything” before being removed from the court by three guards. Ho was sentenced of crimes for fraud, abuse of power, money laundering, false statements and a host of other alleged crimes. Ho was accused of 1,536 crimes, the highest number of crimes a local defendant has ever been accused of in a single trial.
Ho Chio Meng also needs to pay MOP 18 million in fines to the Macau Special Administrative Region after being accused of benefiting from the illegally awarded contracts worth MOP 167 million.
Ho, who headed the Public Prosecution Office (MP) between 1999 and 2014, was remanded in custody in February 2016.
The case involved nearly 2,000 projects that, according to the charge sheet, were illegally awarded by the Public Prosecution Office between 2004 and 2014.