Macau (MNA) – A Mainland Chinese man surnamed Liu – one of the three men facing charges of assault after being involved in a fight with police officers outside Galaxy Macau – will remain in police custody with the other two to be fined and released, the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) indicated on Saturday.
On January 3 around 11:00pm, the trio had become violent after being told they would not be allowed to smoke in the premises due to Macau’s smoking ban, which was implemented on January 1.
A police officer fired a warning shot outside the casino as the three were not dissuaded by the use of batons.
The three men could be punished with a maximum sentence of five years in prison for violating Article 311 of the Criminal Code, which oversees the crime of resistance and disturbing public order.
The men were found guilty of five charges of breaching the law, including the crime of resistance.
For the two suspects with the surname Li and Ye, the case has been transferred back to the PSP, with the duo required to pay MOP50,000 (US$6,196) as well as have their identities and residential details recorded, a representative confirmed with Macau News Agency(MNA).
Under the new smoking ban, casino patrons found smoking in non-designated areas can be fined up to MOP200,000 (US$24,783).