Donna Yau Yuet Wah, a legal representative of the late businesswoman Winnie Ho Yuen-ki, the deceased sister of gaming mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun, indicated on her Facebook page that she has been banned from entering Macau by local security authorities.
According to the social media post, on Thursday at 11.40am, Ms. Yau boarded a TurboJet ferry in Hong Kong bound for the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, but upon her arrival at 12:58pm she was stopped by customs authorities and refused entry under the pretext that there were strong indications she intended to commit actions that could put the security of the city in danger.
Ms. Yau underlined in her Facebook post that she was headed to Macau for work, that she was held by security authorities for almost three hours and had to contact a local legal assistant to help her get released and allowed to return to Hong Kong.
The lawyer was travelling to Macau for issues connected to the property of the deceased Winnie Ho.
Ms. Yau has also previously provided legal assistance to some pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and was part of a 2015 petition signed by 46 legal heavyweights from the Hong Kong Bar Association and the chief executive election committee against China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists.
In statements to TDM Radio, Ms. Yau’s lawyer José Maria Abecassis questioned the reason for the entry denial and considered it could be related to her client’s links to Albert Ho, the legislator and former President of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, who was also barred from entering Macau last month.
On September 27, when travelling to Macau to discuss matters related to the will of Winnie Ho, Albert Ho was also not allowed to enter the city, with the same security risks raised by local authorities.
When questioned about the matter afterwards, the Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, denied that local authorities had any “blacklist” of people who were prohibited from entering Macau and underlined that all countries and regions have security policies that control who can and who cannot get across their borders.