The Judiciary Police presented yesterday a new crime scene analysis vehicle, a HKD 2 million investment that will allow the police to immediately process crime scenes
When former triad leader Wan Kuok Koi leaves prison he will not be under any special surveillance, Judiciary Police (PJ) deputy director Chau Wai Kuong said yesterday.
The former leader of the 14-K gang, better known as ‘Broken Tooth’ Koi, will complete his jail term on March 31, 2012. Security officials in Macau fear the jailed triad kingpin could attempt to stage a return to the VIP casino business, an unidentified source told South China Morning Post earlier this month.
In spite of concern, Chau said that Wan will be treated like any normal citizen on his release from prison. Once he is released, “he has paid his dues and we have to consider him a rehabilitated citizen,” he said.
The PJ official confirmed that the triad leader would not be under surveillance after he is released. However, if Wan resumes his role as an organised crime leader, authorities will be ready to respond, he emphasised.
‘Broken Tooth’ was arrested in 1998 under suspicion of having financed an alleged attempt against the life of then director of the local PJ, António Marques Baptista. He was eventually sentenced to 13 years and 10 months in jail for being a triad gang member and leader, money laundering and loan sharking.
Chau said the PJ had no doubts about three cases where security officers allegedly committed suicide. “We were given all the information by both the Fire Services and the Public Security Police and all the available proof pointed to suicide,” he added.
In a written enquiry sent earlier this week, lawmaker José Pereira Coutinho questioned the speed with which the cases were classified as suicides and called for the release of the investigation results.
The last case, a Customs Services officer allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest in a flat near the Ruins of St. Paul’s. This case is still under investigation by the PJ, a Customs Service spokesperson told the Macau Daily Times.
The PJ deputy director spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the presentation of a new crime scene analysis vehicle. The car, an investment of HKD 2 million, will allow police officers to immediately process evidence, he said.
The vehicle includes a 3D crime scene reconstruction and measurement system, which avoids having to tamper with evidence, Chau explained. A fingerprint scan linked to the PJ database makes it possible to identify people within 10 to 15 seconds.
The new vehicle will mainly be used for the more serious crimes of arson, murder and drug trafficking. If necessary, the Administration will purchase another similar vehicle, the PJ official said.
The crime scene analysis vehicle is not a copy of those from other jurisdictions, he stressed. “It was tailor-made for us,” he stated with technology already in use, mostly in mainland China. A Singapore company designed the installation of the equipment.