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Prosecutors say insufficient evidence in senior cop’s ‘unreasonable’ absence from work

A senior Public Security Police officer was accused by the Commission Against Corruption of unreasonable ground for absence from work many times between 2010 and 2014, but the Public Prosecution Office decided to close the case due to insufficient evidence.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

A senior Public Security Police (PSP) officer was accused by the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) of unreasonable ground for absence from work many times between 2010 and 2014, but the Public Prosecution Office (MP) decided to close the case due to insufficient evidence, the Secretariat for Security announced in a statement earlier this week.

According to the statement, CCAC officials began to investigate the case in 2015, adding that information provided by the CCAC suggested that the officer frequently falsified his attendance records in an effort to mislead the Public Security Police.

The CCAC investigation found that the police officer had “always” been late to work and absent from work for over two hours after punching the time clock, and he even left Macau to handle personal matters during his working hours, the statement by the Secretariat for Security pointed out.

According to an undated statement released by the Public Security Police to its website, the officer, who joined the force in 1985, is a senior officer working at the police training school. His surname and age were not released.

According to the PSP statement, the officer was transferred to another post in the wake of the CCAC investigation.

According to the Macau Post Daily, on January 29, 2016 the Public Prosecution Office closed the case due to insufficient evidence that the officer falsified any documents, according to the PSP statement.

On May 31, 2016 the case was re-opened and a follow-up investigation carried out, the PSP statement pointed out. However, no new evidence was unearthed. Therefore, the Public Prosecution Office decided to close the case last month, according to the PSP statement.

According to the statement, the Public Security Police are now using an electronic attendance system. The statement also said that the officer underwent a disciplinary procedure. He was given a “written warning” for violating police officers’ “duty of obedience”, the statement added.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

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