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Secret dossier assures Ao Man Long was not a one-man show PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 October 2008
A “secret” dossier detailing former senior official Ao Man Long's alleged corrupt relationships with several well known businessmen and companies was uncovered on a report issued in this month's “Macau Business” magazine.
This dossier is the result of an investigation made by the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) and all the information within had been kept hidden “until now”.  According to Macau Business the “Anti-Corruption investigators have applied to the Public Prosecutors Office for the right to probe the bank accounts of the new suspects, their families and associated business dealings”. These “new suspicions” have reached the surface of investigation thanks to Ao Man Long's so-called “friendship notebooks”, where the former official kept all the details of meetings and its intervenients. At least 37 pages from Ao Man Long’s notebooks “have been designated extremely hot”, says Macau Business. CCAC and the Public Prosecutors have chosen not to answer Macau Business’s requests to confirm if all of this information was under “judicial secrecy” preventing publication, refusing to give any response whatsoever.
A long list of businessmen and a longer one with Macau and Hong Kong companies seem to leave no doubt that a 27-year prison sentence for 57 counts of corruption, money laundering, abuse of power and unjustified wealth, could not be the result of just one man’s actions. Documents including the “existence of alleged bribery cases” illustrated with examples empower the scrutinised information given by this “secret dossier”. Most of the written clues happened between 2002 and 2004, but in some cases money bribery continued until 2006 and even reaches 2010!
According to the issued report examples, Ao Man Long received a MOP2 million “bribe” on the Sir Robert Ho Tung library project representing 12 percent of the total amount. But in fact, only MOP1 million went to Ao Man Long and the other MOP1 million “to a man surnamed Chan”.
Allegedly this same businessman profited also from a similar MOP2 million cheque on the Vasco da Gama Garden car park construction. “Other examples include the approval of the construction of a hotel from one of the Cotai Strip casino operators in exchange for MOP5 million, of which Ao Man Long had already received MOP2 million”, adds Macau Business who also pointed out other construction projects such as Areia Preta's lot R and also “requalification works of the Tap Seac zone”. The businessman named Chan used his relatives to “deposit money” into Ao Man Long's controlled bank accounts although they belonged to Ecoline Property Ltd and Best Choice Assets Limited.
But the scandal seems to have arisen to never-before-dreamed levels. Another businessman called Loi allegedly “bought” land in exchange for money, a duplex apartment as well as “three watches worth a total of HK$1.8 million”. “Apart from meeting in Macau with several businessmen, Ao Man Long also had regular encounters in Hong Kong with a well-known impresario surnamed Hong”, Macau Business goes on. Money compensations and construction authorisations were negotiated and later on traded by both men. The same situation happened with Robinson “a top executive” on Engenharia Hidraúlica de Macau. The list of suspicious relationships includes companies such as the Companhia de Engenharia e de Cosntrução da China and also Tak fat Kin IP.  

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