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Former IPIM President Jackson Chang’s sentence has been increased to eight years

The disgraced civil servant’s appeal has backfired, resulting in his sentence being lengthened by three years
  • Chang’s associate Ng Kuok Sao has seen his 23-year sentence extended by one year to 24 years





Jackson Chang, the former president of what was then called the Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, has had his corruption verdict upheld and sentence extended from five to eight years.

The institute was renamed the Commerce and Investment Promotion Institute on 1 July, but retains its Portuguese initials IPIM.

The latest ruling on Chang was made yesterday by the Court of Second Instance. The disgraced official was originally given a two-year term in 2020 for breach of official secrecy and failure to declare assets. He succeeded in bringing about a retrial in 2022, but it resulted in a five-year prison term and convictions for corruption, money laundering and abuse of power. He will now be behind bars for an additional three years.

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Chang’s conspirator, businessman Ng Kuok Sao, also saw his conviction extended, by an extra year from 23 years to 24 years, for bribery, money laundering and involvement in a criminal syndicate. 

Ng had fled to mainland China but was apprehended in Zhuhai in April 2022. His wife Wu Shuwa, who was convicted of involvement in Ng’s activities, was sentenced alongside him to 12 years. 

The case involving Chang and Ng dates back to 2018 to when Macao’s anti-graft watchdog began a corruption investigation into the selling of residency permits involving the two men.

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