Macau’s Judiciary Police thursday said that three men arrested by the police in Hunan province were suspected of blackmailing 15 Macau government officials.
PJ spokesperson Suen Kam Fai made the announcement during a regular press conference.
Asked by reporters about the status of the case, Suen said the trio were suspected of sending letters attempting to blackmail the 15 local officials in 2011, adding that the Judiciary Police would reveal further information once it has been informed by its counterparts in the mainland.
Suen did not reveal any information about the local victims.
According to a previous report in The Macau Post Daily quoting a local police source, of the 15 government officials hit by the attempted blackmail two-thirds were bureau directors while the rest were lower ranking officials. Out of the 15 victims, 14 were male and one female.
According to a Xinhua report on Wednesday, Hunan police announced earlier that day that they had arrested two local men on suspicion of sending letters blackmailing officials and legislators in Hong Kong and Macau. The suspects claimed that they had evidence of the officials’ “corrupt” activities and photos of them in compromising sexual positions.
According to the Xinhua report, the trio comprises two men, surnamed Chu and Long, who were arrested in March and April respectively, and a man, surnamed Wu, who was arrested earlier on suspicion of a separate crime.
The Xinhua report pointed out that with the letters to 88 officials and lawmakers in Hong Kong and 15 in Macau the suspects demanded that each deposit 100,000 to 500,000 yuan in a mainland bank account or they would send the alleged evidence to the graft busters in Hong Kong and Macau, as well posting the “evidence” on the Internet.
According to Xinhua, the trio downloaded the victims’ photos from the Internet and then superimposed their faces onto photos of people in compromising sexual positions.(macaunews)