Legislator Sulu Sou Ka Hou stated this Monday that he is currently the target of four police enquiries into possible qualified disobedience infractions committed during the Legislative Assembly (AL) elections period in September 2017.
The legislator made the statements during the first court session held today at the Court of First Appeal (TJB), where he is defending himself against charges of aggravated public disobedience allegedly committed during a New Macau Association (NMA) protest in May 2016.
The charges led to a Legislative Assembly (AL) motion that suspended the legislator from his functions until the court case is concluded.
Meanwhile, co-defendant Scott Chiang – former head of council at NMA – also revealed that he has been notified he will have to appear in court in September on charges of damaging property and illegal trespass, having placed a protest poster in Hotel Estoril – the first modern-style casino hotel opened by Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM) in 1962, closed in the 1990s – when the government announced that revamping plans for the building would entail its destruction.
“There are also two to three cases in the enquiry phase. I’m not sure at what stage the investigations are,” Mr. Chiang said. “I also don’t know the crimes I’m accused of; maybe also aggravated disobedience.”
According to the former NMA representative, the enquiries possibly refer to actions which occurred in the last four years.
Sou and Chiang made their statements after being questioned by the case lead judge, Cheong Weng Tong, if they had any criminal record.
The trial, originally scheduled to be held on January 16, was adjourned by the TJB until the Court of Second Instance (TSI) could proceed with a decision on Mr. Sou’s appeal to revoke his suspension as a legislator, which was later overruled.
Both defendants are accused of public disobedience during a protest against a RMB100 million donation to Jinan University by the Macao Foundation, in which they claimed there was a perceived conflict of interest involving Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On holding roles in both entities.
[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]