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Appeal significantly reduces penalties for Nolasco, Ao

Image   by Natalie Leung
The Court of Second Instance (TSI) yesterday overturned most of the original verdicts given to Ao Man Long’s family and businessman Frederico Nolasco da Silva who were accused of money laundering and bribery early this year, and also handed down much lighter penalties to the appellants.

The disgraced former transport and public works secretary Ao Man Long’s brother, Ao Man Fu, was sentenced five years in jail instead of 18 years; sister-in-law, Ao Chan Wa Choi, got four years and six months instead of 13 years; and father, Ao Veng Kong, now has to serve four years in prison instead of 10 years. However, Ao Man Fu and Ao Chan Wai Choi could be released almost two years earlier as they had already been taken into custody at the Macao Prison since December 2006. As well, Frederico Nolasco, the shareholder of CSR who was convicted of two counts of money laundering and three counts of bribery, had his sentence cut by
four years to six years and also had the 30 million pataca indemnity to the SAR government abolished by the TSI. Chan Tong Sang, the general manager of Chon Tit (Macau) Ltd, who was given by the Court of First Instance (TJB) a seven year imprisonment and a fine of 20 million patacas to the SAR government after
having been found guilty of one count of money laundering and four counts of bribery, will now have to serve five years and three months in jail and also without needing to pay the indemnity. Yesterday’s second hearing of the appeals that began on October 28 did not see the presence of any of the appellants.

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