The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) arrested the former president of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) Jackson Chang on Wednesday, judicial sources told Lusa-Portuguese News Agency.
According to Rádio Macau, Chang was detained Wednesday at the border by the CCAC when he tried to leave Macau to Mainland China.
Jackson Chang was presented Wednesday to a criminal investigating judge and is awaiting the determination of any possible coercive measures, one of the sources who is connected with the case told Lusa.
The law firm representing Jackson Chang declined to comment on the case. Lusa also sent a request for information to the Public Prosecutions Office, which did not respond.
In October last year, Chang was suspended from public office and banned from leaving Macau on suspicion of “functional crimes” in the appraisal and authorisation of investment residence applications.
Also in the investigation process are Glória Batalha Ung, former executive member of IPIM, and Miguel Ian Iat Chun, former deputy director of the Legal and Residency Office of IPIM, who were subject to the same coercive measures in October.
In July last year, a report from the CCAC reported irregularities in the assessment and authorisation by IPIM of requests for “immigration by investment in real estate,” “immigration by relevant investments” and “immigration by residence of specialised technicians.”
The commissioner pointed out, for example, that the applicants, “not having been in Macao for many years, have been able to demonstrate” obtaining “significant wages from unsuccessful companies,” which leads them to believe that they “fraudulently acquired” these authorisations. (Macaunews)