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No foul play in liaison chief’s death: PJ

The Judiciary Police (PJ) said Monday there was no sign of foul play in the death of Central People’s Government Liaison Office in Macau Director Zheng Xiaosong, but declined to elaborate on why his death was “unsuspicious”.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:51 am

The Judiciary Police (PJ) said Monday there was no sign of foul play in the death of Central People’s Government Liaison Office in Macau Director Zheng Xiaosong, but declined to elaborate on why his death was “unsuspicious”.

PJ spokesman Ho Chan Nam made the announcement during a regular press conference in Zape.

Ho said that the Judiciary Police were notified by the Fire Services Bureau (CB) on Saturday evening of a case in which a man was suspected of having fallen from height at Hung On Tower near the Golden Lotus Square (Praça de Lotus Dourado).

After arriving at the scene, the police confirmed that the man had fallen to his death while there was no personal identification documents found.
Hung On Tower is also known as Jung Lin Building.

Ho declined to confirm that the deceased was Zheng Xiaosong. He only identified the victim as a 59-year-old surnamed Zheng.

After investigation, the case was found to be “unsuspicious” as there was not any criminal involvement, Ho said, adding that no suicide note was found.

When asked by a reporter how the police had concluded that the death was “unsuspicious”, Ho said that he had no further information.

“At this stage, no criminal involvement has been found,” Ho reaffirmed.

The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HMO) of the State Council in Beijing announced in a brief statement on its website on Sunday morning that Zheng fell to his death “due to depression”, aged 59, from the building where he lived, on Saturday evening.

Ho also declined to comment on whether the police have checked Zheng’s medical records regarding his mental health, and whether they have contacted his family members as part of the investigation.

He declined to comment on why the HMO statement said on Sunday that Zheng fell to his death “due to depression” – apparently implying that he had committed suicide – while the police didn’t find any suicide note and only listed the case as “dead body found”.

Customarily, the police would announce how a dead body was found. However, during yesterday’s press conference, Ho didn’t say who found the body.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:51 am

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