Macau | Some 153 cases involving fake marriage took place in 2017 - Police

During the whole year of 2017 police authorities have registered some 153 cases involving fake marriages, as Macau authorities look to criminalise the act of marriage with the sole purpose of obtaining a local residence permit

Macau (MNA) –  Public Security Police (CPSP) informed Macau News Agency (MNA) that some 153 cases involving fake marriage were registered in 2017 with all cases having been transferred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for ‘proper handling’.

Under current Macau legislation fake marriages fall under the crime of document falsification, an offence that can incur a fine or a prison sentence of up to three years.

However, the Macau Government has recently announced the launch of a public consultation for a new immigration and residence law proposal, with the proposal including the criminalisation of marriage with the sole purpose of obtaining a Macau residence permit.

The Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, stated that under the new law proposal – which would also apply to common law marriages – fake marriages could lead to a prison sentence of between two to eight years.

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