Ho Chio Meng returns to dock


Ho Chio Meng, the former Prosecutor-general, responded yesterday to accusations involving Wang Xiandi, a former consultant to the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP), and identified by the prosecution as an intimate friend of the former Prosecutor, TDM reported.
During the trial that resumed yesterday at the Court of Final Appeal, Ho Chio Meng explained that Wang had been hired to assist in investigations that involved Mainland China officials, one of which concerned the candidacy for Chief Executive in 2009, according to the broadcaster.
The prosecution said that Wang was hired under an individual contract, different from other employees working in the MP office, and that she received benefits and money from the Office.
The prosecution claimed that Wang was first hired as an ‘expert’ and later, between 2010 and 2014, as a ‘mediator’ – a position not defined within the typical public service hiring hierarchy.
Part of her job consisted of using an alleged network of contacts in Mainland China to get privileged information without having to show any identification as an employee of the same office.
Wang was only identified as such an employee in official visits, TDM reaffirmed.
Of her work as an ‘informant,’ one of the cases raised by the prosecution is said to have involved big casinos and political leaders on the Mainland, which had been treated in a way to meet peaceful solutions instead.
Another case brought up by the prosecution was the recouping of nearly MOP400 million from the United Kingdom linked to the former Secretary for Land, Public Works, and Transport in Macau, Ao Man Long.