Former President of Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute officially detained

The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) arrested the former president of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Jackson Chang, on Wednesday, judicial sources told Lusa.

Jackson Chang was presented today to a criminal investigating judge, and is awaiting the determination of possible coercive measures, said one of the sources related to the casea.

The law firm that represents Jackson Chang declined to comment on the case.

Lusa sent a request for information to the Public Prosecutions Service, which did not respond in due time.

In October 2018, the CCAC said that the former president of IPIM was being investigated for “crimes during his functions” in the appraisal and authorization of investment immigration residence permit applications.

According to a statement issued by CCAC in October, Jackson Chang was subject to “coercive measures to suspend the performance of public functions and banning any departure from Macau”

In July of this year a report by the CCAC revealed irregularities in the appraisal and authorization by the IPIM of requests for “immigration through investments in real estate”, “immigration through relevant investments” and “residency for specialized technicians”.

For example, the commissioner pointed out cases where the applicants, “not having been in Macau for many years, have been able to demonstrate significant wages received from unsuccessful companies”, which led them to believe that they acquired these authorizations “fraudulently”.

In addition to the former president, the IPIM’s former executive vice-president Glória Batalha Ung was also targeted by the same investigation.

At the time she was also the deputy Secretary-General of the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Forum Macao) and a former deputy director of IPIM’s Residency Legal Office, with the same coercive measures applied to her in October.